Group Three Silver Cup Stakes Guide 2022

Andy Smith | @AndySmithRacing

York - July 08 2022
York 13:20
Franny Norton


J: Franny Norton
T: Charlie & Mark Johnston
Age: 5
Weight: 9-0
OR: 110
Days: 44

A highly talented two year old for Mark Johnston, Thunderous won all three of his juvenile outings. Scoring over 7 furlongs each time and rounding out the season with a convincing listed success.

He was only seen twice during his classic campaign but looked a hot prospect when scoring a narrow success in the Dante stakes to beat Highest Ground by a neck. Unfortunately his form took a major dip off last season and he failed to win in any of his four runs.

Being brushed aside by Waldkonig over 10 furlongs before stepping up in trip. His best run came in a group 3 to be 2nd behind the impressive Al Aasy.

A good showing at Royal Ascot rounded out his season as he came a respectable 5th in the Hardwicke Stakes behind Wonderful Tonight.

Gelded ready for this season he’s again failed to put his best foot forward. He’s slowly been moving up in trip and has run well over 13.5-14 furlongs without managing to win.

Coming 2nd to the impressive Hamish at Chester before a valiant 2nd to Stradivarius in the Yorkshire Cup. Last seen trying 2 miles for the first time it looked like he was outclassed as he only managed to come home in 4th.

More is needed here but he might be able to bully this small field from the front.

York - July 08 2022
York 13:20
Richard Kingscote

John Leeper

J: Richard Kingscote
T: Ed Dunlop
Age: 4
Weight: 9-0
OR: 107
Days: 28

Despite showing plenty of promise as a 3 year old John Leeper has failed to really kick on from that and confirm the talent he looked to possess.

Winning a novice over 10 furlongs with bundles in hand he then quickly moved up to listed company and again showed plenty of talent to score easily.

Sent for the Derby off the back of that he was well backed for the Epsom Classic but failed to really get involved and only beat 3 rivals home to finish a well beaten 8th.

Dropping back in trip and grade didn’t bring about improvement and he failed to justify favouritism at Sandown behind Euchen Glen. He struggled for form for the rest of the season and was well beaten by Without A Fight at Newmarket before another defeat on the all-weather at Kempton.

This season he hasn’t been in the same form either as connections look to be trying to find his optimum trip. Tried over 13.5 furlongs on comeback he was beaten home by Thunderous and filled the 4th place spot at Chester.

He looked like he didn’t stay 2 miles at Sandown and was again beaten by Without A Fight here at York last time out. He looks well held on form by the other two runners here.

York - July 08 2022
York 13:20
Andrea Atzeni

Without A Fight

J: Andrea Atzeni
T: Simon & Ed Crisford
Age: 5
Weight: 9-0
OR: 113
Days: 28

Simon And Ed Crisford’s 5 year old had an impressive debut season in 2020 and built upon a promising 3rd on debut to win a novice handily next time out.

Winning his next three outings smartly. Defying penalties in novice races before scoring a handicap easily off a mark of 93. Taken to listed level for his last run of the season he moved starkly up in trip to 14 furlongs but ran well to be 3rd of 4 runners.

He had his sights raised last season but found wins hard to come by in deeper waters. Coming 2nd in a group 3 on return and again placing in a listed race after that.

Group level looked a little out of his reach as he was beaten another twice at group 3 level before dropping to handicap company and scoring easily again. This teed him up nicely for a listed win at Newmarket to round out his season.

He’s returned in fine fettle this season. Making his comeback in Meydan over a mile and a half in Meydan he was only narrowly denied by Hukum who’s gone on to group 1 success since.

Despite being unable to get involved in the Sheema Classic he’s since run well on English shores since. Being 3rd in a group 3 at Newbury in May before winning a listed race here at York last time out smart over 14 furlongs to beat John Leeper convincingly.

He looks to have found a perfect opportunity to score his first group success here.