John Smiths Cup Betting Odds, York

The John Smiths Cup is the feature race on York racecourse busiest race day of the year in July.

Run over one mile and two furlongs, the competitive handicap has a whopping prize fund of 150,000 pounds and is usually won by a horse who has aspirations of racing at the top level.

Those fans wishing to have a punt on this famous race from the north east of England should take a look at the latest horse racing free bets on offer from only the most respected bookmakers in the UK, or take a look at out horse racing directory service to use as a guide.

The sponsorship of the world-famous John Smith's, is one of the longest standing sponsorship relationships in racing, which stretches back to 1960 it is now the country's oldest commercially sponsored race.

The event is one of the main races on the Yorkshire racing calendar and it attracts a bumper crowd of nearly 40,000 people season-on-season.

Of the passionate 40,000 a high percentage of the crowd are very knowledgeable punters, who try to take as much money as possible from the very shrewd bookmakers in the York betting ring.

The main race itself is well known as a good race for punters, who have celebrated some very well gambled on winners in the past.

Something to keep in mind is that eight of the last 11 winners have been 4yo with the other three being two 5yo's and a 3yo. Taking on the younger horses in the race seems to be the key to unlocking the race.

The 2012 renewal was a dramatic affair with King's Warrior from the Peter Chappel-Hyme stable coming out on top.

The race seemed at the mercy of the well gambled on favourite Mijhaar, but he clipped heels two furlongs out and was nearly brought down, ending his chances of victory.

The eventual winner strode clear in the final furlong, and in truth, he probably would have won even if the favourite had run his true race such was the ease in which he flew four lengths clear ahead of Min Mon Lady at the finishing line.