Whitby-bred Sizing John seals Gold Cup glory

Sizing John, who was born in Aislaby, wins the Cheltenham Gold Cup. Picture: Gloucestershire Live
Sizing John, who was born in Aislaby, wins the Cheltenham Gold Cup. Picture: Gloucestershire Live

It has emerged that the shock winner of last week’s Cheltenham Gold Cup, Sizing John, was born and raised in Aislaby.

The 7/1 shot, who beat off heavily-fancied favourite Djakadam and another highly-rated rival in Cue Card, was raised at Peony Bank Farm by Bryan and Sandra Mayoh.

Born in 2010 as a result of mating between Midnight Legend and La Perrotine, Sizing John was then sold in Ireland for £16,000 and eventually ended up at the Moone yard of Jessica Harrington in Ireland.

He was entered into the Irish Gold Cup in February, despite the feeling that he’d struggle to stay the distance, but he came home by three or four lengths to take the win.

A delighted Sandra Mayoh told The Whitby Gazette: “This is an amazing story for Whitby and for me as a small breeder.

“He was an extremely quirky foal and actually escaped into the quarries behind the house for a whole afternoon, returning by jumping a huge dry stone wall and careering around the field festooned in bracken and electric fencing.

“He suffered nothing more than a grazed knee but gave me palpitations.

“The rest as they say is history and although he is only seven and hopefully has many years ahead to race, he has already won £607,874.

“The latest from Jessica’s yard is that he has come out of the race so well he will be entered for the Gold Cup at the Punchestown Festival end of April worth €250,000.”