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15:00 York

A winner of his last two starts including the Group 2 Queen’s Vase at Royal Ascot looks the clear and worthy favourite here. Unlike all bar one of his rivals today he’s lightly raced with just three career starts to date so is likely to have more room to progress than most in the lineup. With trainer Charlie Appleby also enlisting a potential pacemaker in the form of Yibir this could certainly aid the favourite’s chances by providing a race run to suit.

The major dangers have to be the trio of Ballydoyle runners who head over from their base in Ireland with the aim of taking this Group 2 contest. All three have failed to win their most recent outings but it’s the Frankie Dettori ridden Sir Lucan who went well after a 75 day absence. He should improve for that effort but whether or not he can run the favourite that close may be too difficult here.

At a massive price the rank outsider Scope would have to improve markedly to feature in this however as with the favourite he’s lightly raced and has been ultra-consistent having not finished outside of the top three in all of his starts to date. It’s conceivable we’d need to see some of the main protagonists falter but if they aren’t on their “a-game” then Scope could sneak into the top three.


written by Rory Paddock

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