Lord Glitters won the Queen Anne at Royal Ascot in determined fashion last year and confirmed himself still in good order when two lengths third in the York Stakes over ten furlongs last month. He is back down in trip here and won this race back in 2018, so should give a good account at a track that clearly suits him.
A Star Above has improved with each run this term, landing the odds at Thirsk and Leicester before just missing out to Mambo Nights at Goodwood last time, unfortunate not to have made even more of a race of it after conceding first run to the winner. He is open to further improvement and may be able to turn the tables on his reopposing rival over this longer trip.
One Master wasn’t far off her best when fourth in the Falmouth Stakes at Newmarket last month, coming from further back than the three that beat her, and she capitalised on a drop in grade to resume winning ways in the Oak Tree at Goodwood last time, not having to run up to her best to get her head in front in the final strides. She is genuine, reliable and a proven Group 1 performer, and should be capable of adding another win at this level to her CV.
As usual, a wide-open Ebor, with just 6 lb separating the entire field on Timeform weight-adjusted ratings, and though Fujaira Prince and Deja caught the eye with good efforts last time out, it is the rapidly improving Trushan who gets the vote to land this year’s renewal. A winner of four of his five races last term, including when lowering the colours of fellow progressive stayer Hamish at Newbury, Trueshan picked up where he left off when shading a tight finish in a Haydock listed contest last time. He remains unexposed over this trip and has had this race in his sights for a while, so a bold show is expected.
Winter Power looked the winner the whole way as she opened her account at the third time of asking at Redcar last month, able to build on the considerable promise of her all-weather debut and arguably going down as one of the biggest handicap blots of the year. She looked well in quickly turned out under a penalty at Goodwood last time but plainly wasn’t in the same form after just three days off, the track perhaps a factor as well as she finished fourth. She looked potentially pattern class when a runaway winner at Redcar though and could be worth another chance here at the prospective prices.
Maydanny got back on the up in no uncertain terms when making all in a Goodwood handicap last time, belatedly confirming the promise of his Royal Ascot run when drawn on the wrong side. He is up 11 lb for that victory but he’s clearly smart, remains lightly raced and could develop into a pattern horse in the future, so is one to keep on side.
Sampers Seven confirmed the promise of her stable debut to score in taking style at Chelmsford in June, and after looking ill at ease on the turf at Lingfield on her penultimate start, she got back on the up in emphatic fashion when making all over this course and distance last month, dominating what looked a fairly competitive affair. She has gone up plenty in the weights for that performance but remains of significant interest given an emphasis on speed will surely show her to even better advantage.
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