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Free Agent can land the Queen a double in today’s Yorkshire Cup

| 13.05.2011

The fairytale ending may be pencilled in for the Derby, but the Queen shouldn’t have to wait until June 4 to land her next winner.

Carlton House’s victory in yesterday’s Dante has everyone talking about a potential Derby winner being owned by Her Majesty and Carlton House is currently trading at 6/4 in the Derby betting.

Richard Hannon saddles Free Agent for the Queen in the day’s big race at York and the five-year-old looks the pick of the Yorkshire Cup odds at 12/1.

Free Agent is a course and distance winner and has run this distance in 2m 59.89s, a time good enough to have won six of the last seven renewals and has Ryan Moore back in the saddle.

In a weak renewal, Duncan and Native Ruler are battling for favouritism at the head of the market with Duncan currently edging at 10/3 with Native Ruler at 4/1.

Duncan is stepping up in trip for the 1m 6f race and John Gosden may be easing his six-year-old into the new season in his first start of the campaign.

Having run in the Prix de l’Arc de Triomphe and the Hardwicke Stakes at Royal Ascot, Duncan is the class horse of the race but is best watched today.

Native Ruler flattered to deceive last season and Henry Cecil is hoping this step in trip will get the best out of his horse, but like Duncan, there is plenty not to like about Native Ruler and he is also best watched.

Askar Tau beat Free Agent on their last start at Ascot and on that form the Marcus Tregoning gelding has to be respected.

Askar Tau is 11/2 to land today’s prize but we fancy Free Agent’s speed to reverse the Ascot form.

A £10 stake on Free Agent winning the Yorkshire Cup would return £130. Sign up here to take advantage of a free bet worth up to £30.



Robbie Morris

Robbie studied sports journalism at the University of Gloucestershire, an establishment chosen for its proximity to Cheltenham racecourse, where he was a season ticket holder. Upon graduation, Robbie was a contributor to GolfPunk, a national magazine aimed at ridding golf of its traditionalist image, before joining the news.ladbrokes team.