Last year’s Ascot Gold Cup winner shaped well on his reappearance this season over an inadequate 10 f trip at Newbury in July. This followed eight months off after an injury sustained in the Japan Cup.
He finished third to Scottish, suggesting Ed Dunlop’s gelding still retains plenty of ability and comes into Friday’s 2m contest, 5lb clear on Timeform ratings.
Trip to Paris produced a rare poor effort in this race last year, but, with no Group 1 penalty to carry here, he is expected to make amends and return to the winners enclosure.
The Group 3 City of York Stakes is a drop in class for Nemoralia who has contested Group 1 races on her last two starts.
She was a little disappointing in the Prix Jean Prat at Chantilly last time, running below her best in fourth place, but her previous second in the Coronation Stakes at Royal Ascot has worked out well. The pair she split that day – Qemah and Alice Springs – both won Group 1’s on their next starts.
Jeremy Noseda’s filly deserves to win at group level based on the form she has shown so far this season, which also includes an impressive six-length win in a Listed race over a mile at York on her reappearance.
Friday’s one mile contest looks a good opportunity to get back to winning ways again.