Ground fears for leading John Smith's Cup hope Arthenus


Arthenus: at his best with some ease in the ground

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 By Alex Wiltshire 5:16PM 6 JUL 2016 

JAMES FANSHAWE has raised some concern over the suitability of the going for leading John Smith’s Cup hope Arthenus.

The improving four-year-old ran a screamer to finish fourth at Royal Ascot in the Wolferton Handicap on his latest start, finishing one-and-a-half lengths behind Sir Isaac Newton on good to soft ground.

In contrast, the going at York was good to firm on Wednesday, provoking fears conditions will be against the son of Dutch Art in the £200,000 handicap, for which he is no bigger than 12-1.

‘Right type for the race’

Fanshawe said: “The plan is to run on Saturday. I’m just hoping that the ground doesn’t dry out too much as he very much likes to get his toe in. It doesn’t have to be soft like it was at Ascot, just a little bit of ease.

“He ran a really good race in the Wolferton and has come out of the race well. He seems in good form and is the right type for a race like this.

“He has a bit of class which you need for these big handicaps. He’s well, I’m happy with him and now we need a bit of luck with the draw and the ground.”

Old Newton Cup winner Tawdeea heads the market at general 10-1, with the 51 entries set to be whittled down on Thursday morning. 

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