I love a taste of John Smith’s

SATURDAY’S John Smith’s Cup at York (3.15pm) is one of my favourite betting races of the year and promises to be another exciting prospect this time around.

Roger Varian has made a wonderful start to his training career and his Pekan Star (5/1) has been laid out for the race since winning over today’s C&D back in May.

This will only be his fourth career start and when you consider he made his racecourse debut in August 2009, it would be fair to say he has had his share of problems.

That said he remains open to considerable improvement and connections believe he might still be ahead of the handicapper, despite a 10lb rise for his previous success.

Most things that could go wrong for Green Destiny did so for at Royal Ascot when a very well-backed favourite and I wouldn’t be surprised to see him bounce back at York as he represents the danger in what is a terrific renewal.

The Silver Cup (2.40pm) is, if anything, more competitive with last month’s Northumberland Plate winner Tominator bidding to defy a 7lb rise, which looks fair.

Theology was pulled out of a race last weekend to wait for York and must go close, but I was quite taken with the reappearance of Vulcanite at Pontefract and the yard look as if they are hitting a rich vein of form.

Away from racing, The Open starts a week today and there is no surprise that Rory McIroy is a 6/1 favourite after his brilliant win at the US Open.

The genial Irishman has not been off our TV screens since his eight shot victory but it hasn’t been with golf club in hand.

I wonder if the talented McIlroy will bring his A-game to Royal St George’s as he copes with the increased media attention.

World number two Lee Westwood is next best at 9/1.

Westwood has finished second and third at the last two Open Championships but failed to make the cut at the last St George’s Open in 2003 and doubts remain over his putting ability.

For all your sporting odds this weekend check out victorchandler.com.