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This looks open. Recent Doncaster winner Soul Seeker should go well for Tom Scudamore who rode the winner of this race four years ago, but Paul Midgley has taken two of the last three runnings and there are some strong candidates amongst the stable’s quintet.
Last-time-out winners Mid Winster and James Watt are respected, but NIBRAS AGAIN is off the same mark as when winning this event two years ago and his recent efforts suggest he is running back into form.
Muscika won this last year and was runner-up in 2019, while Gulliver’s last five visits to York have yielded three big-field course and distance wins. However, preference is for MONDAMMEJ (NAP), who kept on for a close third of 18 over 5 furlongs at Ascot last time and could find something extra today now back up to 6 furlongs. Gulliver is feared most, with the rejuvenated Giogiobbo also respected.
Prince Of Wales’s Stakes third Armory provides the biggest test yet of the credentials of MOHAAFETH, but it’s one this exciting three-year-old can pass. He made it 4-4 for the season in the Group 3 Hampton Court Stakes at Royal Ascot, when Jim Crowley believed he hit the front too soon and there can be optimism he has more left in the tank. Juan Elcano won the Listed Wolferton Stakes at Royal Ascot and looks best of the rest.
The Mark Johnston-trained OUTSIDE WORLD was caught in the final strides on her debut at Lingfield 10 days ago and is taken to go one better today. Joeyremy could be a big danger however, having shown promise on his first two starts. Ayr third Perfect Glory is next on the list.
Last year’s winner MONSIEUR LAMBRAYS is just 2lbs higher this time around and was making some encouraging headway when hampered in the competitive Northumberland Vase last month. He’s taken to gain a repeat success, with the prolific mare Greengage feared most. Ghadbbaan was a close second over course and distance last time and is another to take very seriously.
C’Mon Kenny is an obvious starting point off the same mark as for Wednesday’s win in an apprentice handicap over 1m 2f at Sandown. Today’s longer trip could suit this bumper winner, as well as the first-time cheekpieces (raced awkwardly). But, he takes on a couple of rivals who could also be well handicapped.
Top of the list is the three-year-old REINA DEL MAR, who made a winning handicap debut at Newbury last month and may have followed up there but for trouble in running. The hat-trick seeker Tombolo is also respected, although C’Mon Kenny is feared most.
It wouldn’t be a surprise to see recent course and distance first and second Outrun The Storm and Candescence make an impact again, while another big run seems likely from Tamaska despite a 6lbs penalty for his recent Redcar success.
However, there looks to be more to come from the progressive PAGAN, who is just 2lbs higher than when beating a subsequent winner at Pontefract last time. He should have no problem with the return to this trip.
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