Offender takes no prisoners at York

A review of the latest action from York, where Weekend Offender left connections planning a John Smith's Cup bid in 2017.

Trainer Kevin Ryan talks to the media

Kevin Ryan is hoping Weekend Offender can return to York for the John Smith's Cup next year after signing off the season with a hard-fought victory in the Coral Handicap.

Jimenez and King's Pavilion set an ordinary gallop into the straight for this mile heat where the pace hotted up and most of the field were in with a chance.

However, it was Tom Eaves on Weekend Offender (5/1 joint-favourite), who came out on top by a neck after a protracted duel with Another Touch.

Just Hiss was another neck away in third.

"He's a good horse and he's getting better," said Ryan.

"He's starting to mature now and he'll get a mile and a quarter.

"The better the race, the better the horse he is. He needs a properly-run race.

"He's still a baby and physically not quite there. I did think of stepping him up to a mile and a quarter but thought he wasn't quite ready for it yet.

"That will be it for the year now. He'll be a lovely horse next year and we might come back for the John Smith's Cup."

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