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Carson sure Killer can strike in Cup.

CONNECTIONS expect Killer Instinct to win his final British start, the John Smith's Cup at York on Saturday-and the colt was yesterday duly made favourite to justify their confidence.

The much-hyped three-year-old is a best-priced 3-1 with Coral, after finishing fourth to Sendawar in the Group 1 St James's Palace Stakes at Royal Ascot on his last start, despite being badly hampered.

The Henry Cecil-trained colt has been set 8st 8lb (rated 98) for this handicap debut, as he steps up from a mile to an extended 10 furlongs.

Willie Carson, racing manager to Killer Instinct's owner, the Thoroughbred Corporation, said: "Victory for Killer Instinct is my confident expectation.

"York looks like being his last race in Britain before he goes to race in America and I believe he will leave on a winning note. He is in good form and is an improving horse.

"But he has always shown he is a class horse at home and I am sure he is now ready to fulfil his potential. He might prove a superstar when he gets to the States."

Ed Dunlop's Monsajem heads the weights on 9st 11lb (rated 104), after 18 stood their ground at the five-day stage. Pasternak, the 1997 winner and runner-up last term, is 1lb below him.

Sir Michael Stoute's Siege, who was second in the Britannia Handicap at Royal Ascot, is on 8st 9lb.

Tim Jones, racing manager for the Royal Ascot Racing Club, which owns the three-year-old, said: "It has been the plan to aim Siege for this ever since the Britannia. Michael feels the step up in trip will be in the horse's favour and his breeding suggests that is the case. He is well treated."

40th John Smith's Cup York, Saturday

CHANDLER CORAL HILLS STANLEY TOTE

Killer Instinct 2 3 5-2 5-2 2

Dee Pee Tee Cee 5 6 4 9-2 5

Pasternak 6 5 5 5 5

Siege 6 6 7 13-2 6

Mirjan 10 10 9 11 7

Alboostan 12 12 12 12 16

Golconda 12 16 16 14 12

Night Of Glass 20 20 20 20 20

Raheen 20 16 20 20 20

Tissifer 20 20 20 20 14

Captain Scott 25 16 20 20 16

Achilles 20 16 20 16 25

Each-way 1/4 1,2,3,4; Hills 1/4 1,2,3 unless 16 or more run; Tote 1/4 1,2,3 Others on request
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