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1 Horses to follow extra Ebor on Tue Aug 22, 2017 8:14 pm

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For those who quickly tired at the sight of seeing good horses wheel-spinning on the rain-softened turf at Goodwood, there is yet hope with the last of the big summer festivals on the horizon. Indeed, despite being staged 250 miles further north than Goodwood, the Ebor Festival at York has seemingly enjoyed much more luck on the weather front in recent years—although those who were present for the downpour on Nunthorpe day 12 months ago may beg to differ—with the meeting beginning on good-to-firm ground in four of the last five years. The Ebor Festival was, of course, abandoned in 2008 following unprecedented rainfall for the month of August, with the week’s three Group 1 races—namely the Juddmonte International, the Yorkshire Oaks and the Nunthorpe Stakes—staged at Newmarket’s July course instead. A £2.5 million drainage project later that year has seemingly made all the difference, however, and when Newmarket raced on goodto-soft ground on the last Saturday of July, conditions for the second day of York’s Music Showcase Weekend were registered as good on the Timeform scale, despite over 30mm of rain falling at the track in the preceding seven days. Enable ran out a dominant winner of the King George at Ascot on the same afternoon, completing a hat-trick following victories in the Oaks at Epsom and the Irish equivalent at the Curragh. 

She looks set to be the star attraction once again on the Knavesmire, with Thursday’s Yorkshire Oaks her next target ahead of a potential crack at the Arc. She is likely to be a short price, though it will be no formality— punters need only remember what happened to Taghrooda, also a winner of the Oaks and King George for John Gosden, who was beaten at 5/1-on in the race in 2014. The Lowther Stakes is the chief supporting race on Ladies Day and a possible target for Nyaleti, who was also an impressive winner on King George day at Ascot last time. 

The Juddmonte International is the feature race on day one and provides dual Guineas winner Churchill with the opportunity to try 1¼m for the first time. He was disappointing when only fourth in the St James’s Palace Stakes at Royal Ascot last time, however, and needs to bounce back with his Ascot conqueror Barney Roy and Eclipse winner Ulysses (Barney Roy second) likely to be among the opposition. Meanwhile, the Great Voltigeur Stakes often provides clues for the final British classic of the season at Doncaster, the St Leger, and could see the reappearance of Cracksman, who was last sighted on a racecourse when a neck second to Capri in the Irish Derby at the Curragh. Friday’s Nunthorpe Stakes is shaping up to be a cracker, with King’s Stand winner Lady Aurelia set to go head-to-head with Battaash, who could hardly have been more impressive when winning the King George Stakes at Goodwood last time. They each boast a master rating of 135, a figure rarely achieved by a five-furlong sprinter, though the 3 lb that US raider Lady Aurelia receives from her male counterpart could just tip the scales in her favour. 

Profitable and Marsha, who recorded top level successes in the King’s Stand Stakes and the Prix de l’Abbaye, respectively, in 2016, add further interest in what looks a race to savour. The £285,000 Ebor Handicap, the most valuable race of its kind in Europe, was moved to Saturday when the meeting changed from three days to four for the first time in 2009—the abandoned 2008 fixture was supposed to be the first four-day Ebor Festival—and provides the betting highlight of the week for many racegoers. Flymetothestars is the current market leader for the Sir Mark Prescott yard that won the race with Hasten To Add in 1994. Flymetothestars did well to finish so close having refused to settle when third in the Northumberland Plate at Newcastle last time and is clearly a leading contender, though his trainer is one of the few hoping the ground does not come up quick on the Knavesmire.

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CAPRI Aidan O’Brien, Ireland Has improved with every run this year, sixth in the Derby and proving better than ever back on a more conventional track when winning Irish Derby by neck from Cracksman, getting first run but responding well. Not weighted to uphold that form now carrying a 5-lb penalty, though.

 REKINDLING Joseph O’Brien, Ireland Won Ballysax Stakes at Leopardstown (by half length from Douglas Macarthur) on return/first start for this yard in April, and got right back on the up when winning Curragh Cup (1¾m) last month by half a length from smart stayer Wicklow Brave. Clearly stays well, so drop back in trip a slight concern. 

ATTY PERSSE Roger Charlton Won 1m handicap at Sandown in April and King George V Stakes at Royal Ascot first two starts this season, and beaten by more than lack of stamina when clearly amiss in Bahrain Trophy at Newmarket last time, folding tamely. 

In excellent hands, so no surprise if he bounces back. BEST OF DAYS Hugo Palmer Won maiden at Sandown and Royal Lodge Stakes at Newmarket (by neck from The Anvil) in 2016. Didn’t shape badly on return in King Edward VII Stakes at Royal Ascot but failed to come on for that in 1¼m listed race at Newbury last time. More needed at this level. 

COUNT OCTAVE Andrew Balding Plenty of stamina in pedigree (closely related to very smart winner up to 1½m Treasure Beach), and has improved since stepped up in trip, showing best form yet when neck second to Stradivarius in Queen’s Vase (1¾m) at Royal Ascot last time. Better still in the pipeline, but looks vulnerable back at this distance. 

CRACKSMAN John Gosden Very smart performer who won Derby Trial at Epsom (by short head from Permian) in April, and good efforts when third in Derby at Epsom (beaten a length by Wings of Eagles) and when runner-up in Irish Derby at the Curragh (neck behind Capri). Weighted to reverse that form with Capri and surely only a matter of time until he gets off the mark in pattern company. 

DOUGLAS MACARTHUR Aidan O’Brien, Ireland Finished runner-up to Rekindling on reappearance, but won Derrinstown Stud Derby Trial at Leopardstown (by head from Yucatan) on next start in May. Not disgraced in both Derby and Irish Derby since, but will need to pull more out to trouble the principals. 

EXEMPLAR Aidan O’Brien, Ireland Won maiden at Galway and finished one and a half lengths third to Capri in Beresford Stakes at the Curragh in 2016. Disappointing in Dante Stakes on return in May, but took a step back in the right direction in 11.5f listed race at Roscommon last time. Down the pecking order of Ballydoyle’s entries

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FINN MCCOOL Aidan O’Brien, Ireland
Won 1m maiden at Navan last season but yet to threaten in listed/pattern company this year and will just be making up the numbers if taking his chance.

JAKE’S HILL Eve Johnson Houghton
Tall, rather unfurnished colt who hasn’t been disgraced since breaking his maiden tag three starts ago.
Possibly flattered when five and three quarter lengths fifth to Crystal Ocean in Gordon Stakes last time
(Khalidi second), and looks up against it here.

KHALIDI Clive Cox
Won listed races at Newmarket (9f) in April and Goodwood (11f) in May, before finding the Derby a step
too far. Good seconds in King Edward VII and Gordon Stakes since and should continue to give a good
account. First start since leaving John Gosden.

MIRAGE DANCER Sir Michael Stoute
Beautifully-bred colt who made a good impression when winning sole start at two and has shaped with
plenty of promise both starts this year taking into account his lack of experience. Latest run in Hampton
Court was a big step up in form terms, and also backed up by a good timefigure, so rates a big player
given how brilliant his trainer is at bringing these middle-distance colts along steadily.

ON TO VICTORY Eve Johnson Houghton
Won handicaps at Leicester in May and Salisbury in June (both with cut in the ground), and beaten only
by a talented, well-handicapped individual at Goodwood (heavy) last time. Will continue to give a good
account, though will find this tougher stepped up into pattern company for the first time.

RAHEEN HOUSE Brian Meehan
Second to Shutter Speed in 1¼m minor event at Newbury in April before staying-on fourth to Permian
in King Edward VII Stakes at Royal Ascot in June. Gained reward for consistency when winning Bahrain
Trophy (13f) at Newmarket last time, finding plenty. Likeable individual who should give his running again.

SPANISH STEPS Aidan O’Brien, Ireland
Showed much improved form to win 1¼m maiden at Gowran Park in June and resumed progress when
winning Ballyroan Stakes at Leopardstown last time by half a length from Johannes Vermeer, seen to
maximum effect under an enterprising ride. This quickly touted as his next target by connections, so
respected given his trainer’s record in the race.

TAJ MAHAL Aidan O’Brien, Ireland
Good fourth in Prix du Jockey Club at Chantilly and Hampton Court Stakes at Royal Ascot in June, and
respectable second to Oscar Performance in Secretariat Stakes at Arlington last time. Used as pacemaker
in Eclipse penultimate start.

VENICE BEACH Aidan O’Brien, Ireland
Smart performer who won maiden at Tipperary in April and Chester Vase (by one and a quarter lengths
from Wings of Eagles) in May. Not in same form in Derby, but ran well when length third in Grand Prix
de Paris at Saint-Cloud on latest outing, keeping on well under pressure. One of several entries from
Ballydoyle who will need respect if lining up.

CONCLUSION
The Great Voltigeur is often viewed as the main trial for the St Leger at Doncaster, and several entered
here sit prominently in the betting for Britain’s final classic of the season. However, that race probably
isn’t on the agenda for Mirage Dancer and Cracksman. The latter has finished placed in the Derby and
Irish Derby on his last two starts and therefore sets the standard on form, but Mirage Dancer remains
with bags of potential, and his trainer’s patient approach is fancied to pay dividends once more.

4 Re: Horses to follow extra Ebor on Tue Aug 22, 2017 8:22 pm

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DEAUVILLE Aidan O’Brien, Ireland Very smart performer who won Belmont Derby in successful 2016 campaign, when also placed in Dante Stakes and Arlington Million. Won Huxley Stakes at Chester (by neck from Poet’s Word) in May and placed on last four starts, including in Queen Anne Stakes at Royal Ascot (very good one and a half lengths third to Ribchester), Meld Stakes at Leopardstown (head second to Moonlight Magic) and latest Arlington Million (three quarters of a length third)

DECORATED KNIGHT Roger Charlton More progress this year, winning listed race at Lingfield in February, Jebel Hatta at Meydan in March and Tattersalls Gold Cup at the Curragh in May. Good second to Highland Reel in Prince of Wales’s Stakes at Royal Ascot and better than result (five and a quarter lengths sixth to Ulysses) in Coral-Eclipse Stakes last time, twice meeting trouble. Should get clear run here and not ruled out.

DESERT ENCOUNTER David Simcock
Won 1½m listed race at Ascot (by two and three quarter lengths from Star Storm) in May and at least as good when half a length second to Second Step at Goodwood next time. Coped with drop to this trip when third in the Eclipse (three and a half lengths behind Ulysses), but below form when well held sixth to Enable in King George VI and Queen Elizabeth Stakes at Ascot last time. Neither trip nor soft ground an excuse there (acts on good to firm and heavy going) and needs to bounce back.
MOONLIGHT MAGIC Jim Bolger, Ireland
Won Derrinstown Stud Derby Trial in 2016 and bettered that form this term, series of solid efforts before winning five-runner Meld Stakes at Leopardstown last time by head from Deauville, well positioned throughout but showing a willing attitude to score gamely. Needs to improve again.
MY DREAM BOAT Clive Cox
Won twice in 2016, including Prince of Wales’s Stakes at Royal Ascot (by neck from Found), and in the frame this year in Gordon Richards Stakes at Sandown, Aston Park Stakes at Newbury (two lengths second to Hawkbill, staying on after labouring some way out) and Grand Prix de Saint-Cloud (in cheekpieces,creditable two and a quarter lengths fourth to Zarak). Below form, however, when well beaten seventh to Enable in King George last time. Could do with some rain.
SUCCESS DAYS Ken Condon, Ireland
Very consistent performer who has recovered well from stress fracture sustained in 2015 Derby. Seen to advantage when winning seven-runner Group 2 York Stakes over C&D last time by nose from Mondialiste, digging deep under pressure, but needs to improve on that form to be competitive should he run here (0/5 in Group 1s). In tongue tie last two starts.
ULYSSES Sir Michael Stoute
High-class performer who has developed well this year, winning Gordon Richards Stakes in April and Coral-Eclipse in July, both at Sandown, and third to Highland Reel in Prince of Wales’s in between. Shaped very well when four and a half lengths second to Enable in King George last time, good headway to chase leaders 3f out but finding the winner a much stronger stayer. Usually waited with, and has high cruising speed, so won’t be inconvenienced by drop back in trip.
NEZWAAH Roger Varian
Compact filly who didn’t need to repeat best three-year-old form to win listed race at Ayr in May, but took a big step forward when storming clear in 11-runner Pretty Polly Stakes at the Curragh last time bythree and a quarter lengths from Rain Goddess. Strong traveller with a good turn of foot, and wouldn’t be out of place in this line-up given her progress this year. Also entered in Yorkshire Oaks

SO MI DAR John Gosden
Won Derby Trial at Epsom, Musidora Stakes here and listed race at Yarmouth (by half a length from Nezwaah) during interrupted 2016 campaign. Off 10 months and not unduly punished once chance had gone when fifth to Winter in Nassau Stakes at Goodwood last time. Also entered in Yorkshire Oaks, a race in which her dam Dar Re Mi won and finished second, as well as Deauville at the weekend.

BARNEY ROY Richard Hannon
High-class colt who won Greenham Stakes (7f) at Newbury in April and St James’s Palace Stakes (1m) at Royal Ascot (by length from Lancaster Bomber) in June, runner-up to Churchill (despite inexperience) in 2000 Guineas in between. Proved better still, up in trip, when nose second to Ulysses in Eclipse last time, seeing the race out strongly. Yet to race on ground slower than good to firm, so significant rain would pose a question, however still lightly raced and could easily progress again.

CHURCHILL Aidan O’Brien, Ireland
High-class performer who was successful on five of six starts at two, and carried on in same vein when completing 2000 Guineas double at Newmarket (by length from Barney Roy) and at the Curragh (by two and a half lengths from subsequent Group 1 winner Thunder Snow), both in May. Lacklustre effort,though, when four and a quarter lengths fourth to Barney Roy in St James’s Palace last time, pushed along soon after halfway. Too early to rule out and remains capable of better still.

CLIFFS OF MOHER Aidan O’Brien, Ireland
Won Dee Stakes at Chester in May and much improved when three quarters of a length second in Derby at Epsom in June. Sweating/edgy before four and a half lengths fourth to Ulysses in Eclipse last time, lacking speed to challenge (shuffled back early). Several entries over 1m so connections clearly believe he has the pace for this sort of trip, and no surprise to see an improved effort.

LANCASTER BOMBER Aidan O’Brien, Ireland
Half brother to top-class winner up to 1m Excelebration. Very smart performer himself, second in St James’s Palace (length behind Barney Roy) in June and fourth to Churchill in 2000 Guineas in May. Unsuited by testing conditions when four and a quarter lengths sixth to Here Comes When in Sussex Stakes at Goodwood last time, but needs to find improvement for this 2f longer trip.

TAJ MAHAL Aidan O’Brien, Ireland
Good fourth in Prix du Jockey Club at Chantilly and Hampton Court Stakes at Royal Ascot in June, and respectable second to Oscar Performance in Secretariat Stakes at Arlington last time. Used as pacemaker in Eclipse penultimate start and similar duties likely here.

SHUTTER SPEED John Gosden
Won at Newbury in April and Musidora Stakes over C&D (by one and three quarter lengths) in May, and better than distance beaten suggests when one and a half lengths fourth of 16 to Senga in Prix de Diane at Chantilly last time, looking main threat to winner until no extra final 100 yards. That form not the best, but has plenty of scope and may do better still. Entered at Deauville at the weekend.

CONCLUSION
A terrific renewal in prospect, with a handful of high class performers hoping to establish themselves in the top class bracket. Churchill shapes as if he will stay the extra 2f, but there are some doubts over his stamina for this new trip (dam 5f winner, grandam winner up to 1m), and Barney Roy is fancied to confirm their St James’s Palace form. The Godolphin flag bearer is also taken to improve past his Eclipse conqueror Ulysses, and can give his owner a first win in the race since Sulamani in 2004.

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Sky Bet Lowther Stakes (Group 2) (1) (2yo f) (6f) (run at Newmarket in 2008) Thu 24th Aug 2.25
Av Timeform rating on winner 126 Av-SP 5.1/1 Av-Field 9

HEARTACHE Clive Cox
Won Queen Mary Stakes at Royal Ascot (by two and a half lengths from Happy Like A Fool) in June, but
lost unbeaten record when half-length third to Unfortunately in Prix Robert Papin at Maisons-Laffitte last
time. Remains with potential, but has 3 lb-penalty to shoulder here. Unlikely runner.

DANCE DIVA Richard Fahey
Won first three starts, including listed race at Newmarket (by one and a quarter lengths from Maggies
Angel). Form dipped since, including when eighth to Tajaanus in Sweet Solera Stakes (7f) last time.

HAPPY LIKE A FOOL Wesley Ward, USA
Strong filly who won Keeneland maiden by four lengths and was a well-supported two and a half
lengths second to Heartache in Queen Mary last time. Likely to stay 6f and still has more to come.

MADELINE Roger Varian
Won minor event at Goodwood in May and improved on Albany Stakes fifth when landing listed race at
Newbury last time by two and a quarter lengths from Natural. Open to further improvement.

MAGGIES ANGEL Richard Fahey
Series of fairly useful efforts since winning at Ripon in April, best effort when second in listed race won
by Dance Diva in July. Return to 6f here will suit after staying on third in Super Sprint last time.

MAMBA NOIRE Ken Condon, Ireland
Third in Duchess of Cambridge Stakes at Newmarket (two and a quarter lengths behind Clemmie) in
July, but below form in Sweet Solera there last time. Return to 6f needs to elicit improvement.

NATURAL Richard Hannon
Won minor event at Doncaster in June and put Albany flop behind her when two and a quarter lengths
second to Madeline at Newbury last time, making effort earlier than ideal. Likely to progress further.

NYALETI Mark Johnston
Runner-up in Chesham Stakes (7f) at Royal Ascot and Duchess of Cambridge at Newmarket, but took big
step forward when winning Princess Margaret Stakes at Ascot last time impressively by five lengths from
Dance Diva. Trainer adamant that this race will suit, though some question marks still.

SPECIAL PURPOSE William Haggas
Won minor event at Lingfield in July and didn’t need to improve when following up in similar race at
Beverley last time by three and a quarter lengths, both over 5f. Open to significant improvement.

TAKE ME WITH YOU Jeremy Noseda
Much improved from debut when three and a quarter lengths third of 20 to Different League in Albany
Stakes at Royal Ascot last time, first home in group. Respected.

CONCLUSION
Nyaleti looks the one to beat if able to reproduce her Ascot blitz, however this is a different test and her
trainer has a modest record here. Preference is for Madeline who looked the real deal when despatching
Natural at Newbury last time. The supplemented Happy Like A Fool is the most obvious danger

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Darley Yorkshire Oaks (Group 1) (1) (3yo+ f+m) (1m3f188y) Thu 24th Aug 3.35
Av Timeform rating on winner 130 Av-SP 3.5/1 Av-Field 8

ABINGDON Sir Michael Stoute
Won uncompetitive listed race at Pontefract (by 10 lengths) in June and similar form in two defeats
since, in Lancashire Oaks at Haydock (half-length second to The Black Princess) and Prix de Pomone at
Deauville (staying-on one and three quarter lengths third to Bateel). Needs to improve.

AJMAN PRINCESS Roger Varian
Has progressed this year, taking step up from maiden win in March in her stride when winning listed
race at Goodwood (by five lengths) in May. Another creditable effort when second over 1¼m here last
month, but step forward needed to trouble the principals back over this longer trip.

ENDLESS TIME Charlie Appleby
Big, leggy mare who won Lancashire Oaks at Haydock last season, though disappointed on next start
when only beating three home in this race. Back to form when winning 1¾m Lillie Langtry Stakes at
Goodwood last time by neck from Dubka, but needs to improve on that effort back up in class here.

JOURNEY John Gosden
Won Pinnacle Stakes at Haydock, listed race at Newmarket and Fillies’ And Mares’ Stakes at Ascot (by four
lengths, Queen’s Trust and Zhukova in behind) in 2016. Disappointed when 10th to Nezwaah in Pretty
Polly Stakes at the Curragh last time, but had excuses (slowly away over trip short of her best under an
unfamiliar jockey) and capable of better here under optimum conditions.

LAGANORE Tony Martin, Ireland
Won handicaps at Leopardstown/Navan and listed race at Newmarket in 2016. Series of good efforts
this term, including good second in listed race at the Curragh in June, but below form there last time.

NEZWAAH Roger Varian
Compact filly who didn’t need to repeat best three-year-old form to win listed race at Ayr in May, but
took a big step forward when storming clear in 11-runner Pretty Polly Stakes at the Curragh last time by
three and a quarter lengths from Rain Goddess. Strong traveller with a good turn of foot, though is yet
to run over this far. Also entered in Juddmonte International.

QUEEN’S TRUST Sir Michael Stoute
Third to Journey in Fillies’ And Mares’ and won Breeders’ Cup Filly & Mare Turf at Santa Anita in 2016.
Disappointed in Middleton Stakes here in May, but back to best when fourth in Prince of Wales’s Stakes
in June. Not seen to best effect when last of six to Winter in Nassau Stakes at Goodwood last time,
possibly unsuited by the testing ground, but was third in this race 12 months ago.

SO MI DAR John Gosden
Won Derby Trial at Epsom, Musidora Stakes (1¼m) here and listed race at Yarmouth (by half a length from
Nezwaah) during interrupted 2016 campaign. Off 10 months and not unduly punished once chance had
gone when fifth to Winter in Nassau last time. Yet to race over this far but dam won this race in 2009 and
she shapes like she will stay. Entered at Deauville at the weekend and in the Juddmonte International.

THE BLACK PRINCESS John Gosden
Signed off last term with listed win in France and returned to win Group 3 at Chantilly on reappearance
in April. Similar form when second to Blond Me in Middleton here in May, but value for extra when
winning Lancashire Oaks by half a length from Abingdon last time. More needed, though.

THE JULIET ROSE Nicolas Clement, France
Well-bred filly who won the Prix de Royaumont and Prix de Royallieu in 2016. Only fourth in Prix de
Pomone won by Bateel (one place behind Abingdon) on reappearance, but should come on for that

ZHUKOVA Dermot Weld, Ireland
Prolific mare whose wins include Man o’War Stakes at Belmont (by six lengths) in May. Below form when
fourth in Pretty Polly last time and will need rain to be seen to best effect if running here (below form in
Fillies’ And Mares’ at Ascot on sole visit to England last season).

ALLURINGLY Aidan O’Brien, Ireland
Third in Oaks at Epsom (11 lengths behind Enable) in June and a length and a half further back when
sixth to same rival in Irish Oaks at the Curragh last time. Won last Wednesday at Gowran.

CORONET John Gosden
Won both starts last term and put Oaks flop behind her when winning Ribblesdale Stakes at Royal Ascot
(by neck from Mori) in June. Perhaps feeling the effects of that hard race when only fourth to Enable in
Irish Oaks last time, never nearer, but needs to progress again to narrow the gap here.

ENABLE John Gosden
Reappearance third her only defeat in six starts. Won Cheshire Oaks in May, Oaks at Epsom in June
and Irish Oaks at the Curragh (by five and a half lengths from Rain Goddess) in July. At least as good
when completing four-timer in 10-runner King George VI and Queen Elizabeth Stakes at Ascot last time
impressively by four and a half lengths from Ulysses. The one to beat.

HYDRANGEA Aidan O’Brien, Ireland
Won Leopardstown 1000 Guineas Trial in April and third behind Winter in both Irish 1000 Guineas and
Coronation Stakes since. Creditable fourth to Winter in Nassau on first attempt at 1¼m last time, keeping
on having been outpaced 2f out, but not guaranteed to get the extra 2f here.

MORI Sir Michael Stoute
Closely related to smart winner up to 1¼m (stays 1½m) Midterm. Won listed race at Goodwood in May
and improved again when neck second to Coronet in Ribblesdale on first try at 1½m. The type to keep
improving and no forlorn hope should she bid to emulate dam who won this race in 2010.

RHODODENDRON Aidan O’Brien, Ireland
Won three times, notably Fillies’ Mile at Newmarket (by two and a quarter lengths from Hydrangea), in
2016. Second in both 1000 Guineas at Newmarket (met trouble when beaten two lengths by Winter)
and Oaks at Epsom (outstayed when five lengths behind Enable) this season, but reportedly bled when
pulled up in Prix de Diane at Chantilly last time. Unlikely runner.

WINTER Aidan O’Brien, Ireland
Has quickly made great strides this season, winning both 1000 Guineas at Newmarket (by two lengths
from Rhododendron) and Irish 1000 Guineas at the Curragh and Coronation Stakes at Royal Ascot
(by two and a quarter lengths from Roly Poly) in June. Completed four-timer with minimum of fuss in
six-runner Nassau Sakes at Goodwood last time, but unlikely to run here according to the betting.

WUHEIDA Charlie Appleby
Off 10 months (out with stress fracture sustained in spring) but produced best effort when one and a
quarter lengths second to Roly Poly in 1m Falmouth Stakes at Newmarket on belated reappearance,
travelling best but no extra late on. Below that form when four and a quarter lengths third to Lacazar in
Preis der Diana (11f) at Dusseldorf last time, but is bred to be suited by this longer trip.

CONCLUSION
Enable is already the standout performer of her age over middle-distances, and, open to further improvement,
is clearly the one to beat, for all that she makes little punting appeal at 3/1-on in a race which saw the fellow John
Gosden-trained Taghrooda turned over at 5/1-on in 2014. Both Nezwaah and Wuheida swerved the Nassau
due to unsuitably soft ground, but neither has been confirmed for this race, and with Gosden responsible for
Journey, So Mi Dar and Coronet, amongst others, it’s hard to find a big danger who is guaranteed to show up.

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Coolmore Nunthorpe Stakes (Group 1) (1) (2yo+) (5f) Fri 25th Aug 3.35
Av Timeform rating on winner 128 Av-SP 21.1/1 Av-Field 16
2016 Mecca’s Angel 5-9-8 9/2 Michael Dods Paul Mulrennan 19
2015 Mecca’s Angel 4-9-10 15/2 Michael Dods Paul Mulrennan 19
2014 Sole Power 7-9-11 11/4f Edward Lynam Richard Hughes 13

ALPHA DELPHINI Bryan Smart
Ran well when three quarters of a length third to Priceless in Temple Stakes at Haydock and sixth (of 17
to Lady Aurelia) in King’s Stand Stakes at Royal Ascot. Bounced back from Sandown flop when second in
minor event at Hamilton last time, but plenty to find on form.

COTAI GLORY Charles Hills
Seventh in King’s Stand (five lengths behind Lady Aurelia) and run best excused when four and a
quarter lengths fourth to Kimberella in listed race at Chester last time, seeming not to handle track (very
awkward around first bend). Fourth in this race last season.

DUKE OF FIRENZE David Griffiths
Smart handicapper who won over C&D in May and was third in the ‘Dash’ at Epsom (head behind
Caspian Prince) in June. Excuses when 16th to Lancelot du Lac in Stewards’ Cup at Goodwood last time,
never involved, and this looks too demanding a task, for all the return to this trip will suit.

FINAL VENTURE Paul Midgley
Won handicaps at Meydan in January/February and listed race at Haydock (by neck from Kyllang Rock)
in June. Run best excused when six and three quarter lengths seventh to Battaash in King George Stakes
at Goodwood last time, not ideally placed. Plenty to find at this level.

GOLDREAM Robert Cowell
Fine second in Temple Stakes at Haydock (half a length behind Priceless) in May but below form last four
starts. No win since 2015 Prix de l’Abbaye (Muthmir third) and only seventh in this last season.

KACHY Tom Dascombe
Speedy front-runner who won handicap at Chester last season and went close to adding fourth career
win when short-head second to Magical Memory over 6f at Haydock last month. Possibly unsuited by
conditions when well held in King George Stakes last time, finding little.

MUTHMIR William Haggas
Back to best when winning Group 2 at Chantilly in June and followed that with good fourth to Lady
Aurelia in King’s Stand. Not run of race when seven and a quarter lengths fourth to Battaash in Sprint
Stakes at Sandown last time, and better expected here.

ORION’S BOW Tim Easterby
Won five handicaps on the bounce before runner-up effort in Stewards’ Cup in 2016, but unable to add
to tally since. Respectable fifth to Danzeno at Ascot last time, faring best of those ridden prominently,
but needs a career-best to feature on this first start at the top level.

PROFITABLE Clive Cox
Won Palace House, Temple Stakes and King’s Stand (by neck from Cotai Glory) in 2016. Back to best of
late, three lengths second to Lady Aurelia in latest King’s Stand and creditable two and a quarter lengths
second to Battaash in King George last time, short of room but no match for the winner. Not at best in
last two renewals of this, but is better off at the weights today than on last two starts.

TAKE COVER David Griffiths
Powerful front-runner who won listed race over C&D (by half a length from Final Venture) in July, before
respectable three and three quarter lengths fourth to Battaash in King George last time. Four lengths
third in this race 12 months ago and another bold show not ruled out.

WASHINGTON DC Aidan O’Brien, Ireland
Hold-up performer who was second in Palace House Stakes at Newmarket (neck behind Marsha) in
May and won 6f Phoenix Sprint Stakes at the Curragh last time by half a length from Cougar Mountain,
staying on to lead close home having had to pick way through and wait for gap 1f out. Drops in trip.

BATTAASH Charles Hills
Very impressive in winning listed race and Sprint Stakes (by three and a quarter lengths from Mirza)
this year, both at Sandown. Completed hat-trick with top-class performance in red-hot renewal of King
George Stakes at Goodwood last time, travelling powerfully and soon storming clear. All speed so this
track should suit and looks a major player on his first start in a Group 1.

CARAVAGGIO Aidan O’Brien, Ireland
High-class performer who won all four starts at two, as well as first two outings this year, namely Lacken
Stakes and Commonwealth Cup. Disappointing favourite last two starts, in July Cup at Newmarket and
Prix Maurice de Gheest at Deauville (finished very sore in front). Unlikely runner.

KYLLANG ROCK James Tate
Ran well when second in listed race at Haydock (neck behind Final Venture) in June and back on track
when sixth to Battaash in King George. Unable to win minor event at Nottingham last week, though.

YALTA Mark Johnston
Won Molecomb Stakes at Goodwood (by three lengths from The Last Lion) in 2016. Shaped as if retaining
ability on reappearance in May, but stiff task when well held in Commonwealth Cup at Royal Ascot last
time. Seems best when able to dominate, but that looks unlikely dropping 1f in trip here.

MARSHA Sir Mark Prescott
Well-made filly who rounded off progressive 2016 campaign with win in Prix de l’Abbaye de Longchamp
at Chantilly in October. Even better this year, winning Palace House (by neck from Washington DC) on
reappearance and third to Lady Aurelia in King’s Stand in June. Below form when three lengths third to
Battaash in King George last time, but capable of better on this quicker ground.

PRICELESS Clive Cox
Beat seven of these potential rivals when landing Temple Stakes at Haydock by half a length in May and
run best excused when well held in soft-ground King George last time, not ideally placed. Capable of
bouncing back here, for all that she needs to improve to feature prominently.

FASHION QUEEN David O’Meara
Lightly-raced filly who won listed race over C&D (by head from Kyllang Rock) in May, but was well below
form in similar event at Sandown in June.

LADY AURELIA Wesley Ward, USA
Blew rivals away in Queen Mary Stakes at Royal Ascot last season, also winning Prix Morny at Deauville
two months later. Further progress this year, winning listed race at Keeneland in April and King’s Stand at
Royal Ascot (by three lengths from Profitable, producing a dominant display of speed all for just handsand-heels
riding). Pulverised high-class opponents who were at their very best but simply couldn’t lay a
glove on her there, and has had this race as a target since. The one to beat.

CONCLUSION
Lady Aurelia and Battaash are some way clear on ratings and this looks a match between the two.
Narrow preference is for Lady Aurelia who has had this race on her agenda since her demolition job
in the King’s Stand. This quicker ground could see both Profitable and Marsha close the gap on their
Goodwood conqueror Battaash, though probably not enough to turn the tables.

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Al Basti Equiworld Gimcrack Stakes (Group 2) (1) (2yo c+g) (6f) Sat 26th Aug 3.00
Av Timeform rating on winner 128 Av-SP 5.7/1 Av-Field 9

BARRAQUERO Brian Meehan
Impressive winner at Chepstow in July and progressed up again when following up in Richmond Stakes
at Goodwood last time by one and a quarter lengths from Nebo. Open to further improvement.

CARDSHARP Mark Johnston
Three wins include July Stakes at Newmarket, but below form (under 3-lb penalty) when third to
Barraquero at Goodwood last time. Return to quicker ground here in his favour.

RAJASINGHE Richard Spencer
Won Coventry Stakes at Royal Ascot (by a head from Headway), but not in same form, getting going too
late, when two and a half lengths third to Cardsharp last time. Missed Prix Morny last weekend.

UNFORTUNATELY Karl Burke
Was progressing with racing, but showed much improved form in first time visor when beating Frozen
Angel by half a length in Prix Robert Papin at Maisons-Laffitte last time. Respected.

AQABAH Charlie Appleby
Fifth in Coventry in June and seemed unsuited by track when only beating one home in 7f Superlative
Stakes at Newmarket last time. Capable of better droped back in trip.

GREAT PROSPECTOR Richard Fahey
Won minor event at Nottingham in June and improved when half-length third to of 10 to Gustav Klimt
in Superlative last time, never nearer. Open to further improvement after just two starts.

HAVANA GREY Karl Burke
Won listed races at Sandown in May and July, and followed up in 10-runner Molecomb Stakes at
Goodwood last time by one and three quarter lengths from Invincible Army. Raced only at 5f to date.

HEADWAY William Haggas
Much improved when second in Coventry (head behind Rajasinghe) in June and excuses when sixth
to Barraquero in Richmond last time, racing alone stand side and not unduly punished once beaten.

INVINCIBLE ARMY James Tate
Well-bred colt (dam won Falmouth Stakes) who scored at Newmarket (by five lengths) in June and did
well under circumstances when second in Molecomb last time, not ideally placed. Capable of better.

NEBO Charles Hills
Won maiden at Newbury in May and good efforts in pattern company since, improving on Superlative
second when filling same position behind Barraquero in Richmond last time. Consistent.

PRINCE OF THE DARK Clive Cox
Won minor event at Bath in May and much improved from debut, in first-time cheekpieces, when one
and three quarter lengths sixth to Rajasinghe in Coventry last time. The type to go on improving.

CONCLUSION
Headway is better judged on his Coventry second than his Richmond run last time, and he is narrowly
preferred for a yard that do well in this race. Invincible Army, Unfortunately and Barraquero are all
respected, while there could be plenty more to come from Prince of the Dark on just his third start.

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Betfred Ebor (Heritage Handicap) (2) (3yo+) (1m5f188y) Sat 26th Aug 3.35
Av Timeform rating on winner 125 Av-SP 17/1 Av-Field 19

PALLASATOR Sir Mark Prescott
Won Henry II Stakes at Sandown in 2016, but looked rusty when sixth in Goodwood Cup last time. Only
fourth from 6 lb lower in 2014 and can prove troublesome in preliminaries/on way to post.

DAL HARRAILD William Haggas
Won listed race over C&D (by three and a half lengths from Nakeeta) in May and creditable four lengths
sixth to Idaho in Hardwicke Stakes at Royal Ascot last time. Still unexposed over staying trips.

US ARMY RANGER Aidan O’Brien, Ireland
Second to Harzand in Derby last year but most disappointing since, including when eighth in first-time
hood in Goodwood Cup last time. Best treated with caution on first start in a handicap.

HIGHER POWER James Fanshawe
Won Northumberland Plate at Newcastle (by half a length from Natural Scenery) in July but well below
form in Goodwood Cup last time. Better than that, though, and only 3 lb higher than last win.

SOLDIER IN ACTION Mark Johnston
Won handicap at Epsom in June and appreciated return to 1¾m when back to winning ways at
Goodwood by head from Blakeney Point. Prominent racer who should run his race once again.

RENNETI Willie Mullins, Ireland
Smart hurdler (Grade 2 winner in April) who won minor Flat event at Galway last time by 13 lengths from
Ted Veale. Runner-up won over hurdles since, so entitled to lots of respect under a 4-lb penalty.

MOUNT LOGAN Roger Varian
Won at Goodwood and Doncaster in 2016 and progressed with each start this term, including when
three quarters of a length second in 1¼m Group 3 at Haydock a fortnight ago. Stamina to prove here.

CLEVER COOKIE Peter Niven
Won 2m Yorkshire Cup in 2016 and not discredited in three of last four starts, including when not seen to
best effect when third to Rare Rhythm in C&D listed race last time. Sixth in this race in 2014.

BATTERSEA Roger Varian
Won 1¾m handicap at Meydan in 2016 and respectable return from eight months off when sixth in 2m
Sagaro Stakes at Ascot last time, having hopeless task from position. Fourth in this a year ago.
IVAN GROZNY Willie Mullins, Ireland
Favourite for last year’s renewal after winning at Galway by 14 lengths, but missed the race. Won Grimes
Hurdle and Istabraq Hurdle in 2016, but brought down early last time. Contender if over that.

MONTALY Andrew Balding
Won Chester Cup on return and better still when second to Nearly Caught in listed race at Sandown last
time. Stays well, so obvious concerns over this drop in trip (well held over C&D in 2015).

TOP TUG Alan King
Won over this trip at Goodwood in May and not ideally placed when fourth to Rare Rhythm in 1½m
Duke of Edinburgh at Royal Ascot last time. Return to this trip in his favour and set for a big run.

NATURAL SCENERY Saeed bin Suroor
Won twice at Newcastle in early-2017 and second there in Northumberland Plate (half a length behind
Higher Power) in July. Fourth in Lillie Langtry last time. Respected back in a handicap.

KIDMENEVER Charlie Appleby
French recruit who was third in Wolferton at Royal Ascot before creditable second to Spark Plug in listed
race (1¼m) at Sandown last time. Stamina to prove over this longer trip.
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STAR STORM James Fanshawe
Ran as well as ever when three and a quarter lengths third to Rare Rhythm in Duke of Edinburgh last
time, but long time since his last win (2015 Cumberland Lodge). Opposable.

NAKEETA Iain Jardine
Consistent sort who produced another creditable effort when four and a half lengths fourth over this
trip at Newmarket last time. Has run well all three starts at York, but opposable for win purposes.

AUSSIE REIGNS Willie Mullins, Ireland
Has developed into a fairly useful hurdler for Willie Mullins, but not obviously well treated for Flat return,
only mid-field in 2015 Cesarewitch when last seen. Hard to rule out with confidence, though.

FLYMETOTHESTARS Sir Mark Prescott
Won three of first four and did extremely well under circumstances when three quarters of a length
third to Higher Power in Northumberland Plate last time, seeing things out well despite having refused
to settle. Should still prove a high-class stayer and respected accordingly.

KING BOLETE Roger Varian
Won at Windsor (by neck from subsequent winner What About Carlo) in July and creditable third to
Gawdawpalin at Ascot last time, but below form on two previous efforts over this trip.

WILD HACKED Marco Botti
Won 12.5f handicap at Newcastle in April but below form when fifth behind Full Drago in Group 2 Gran
Premio di Milano in June. Return to handicap company will suit, but has something to prove.

SEAMOUR Brian Ellison
Did best of the prominent racers when fifth 12 months ago and shaped well on return when third to Dal
Harraild over C&D in May. Respectable effort from wide draw in Northumberland Plate since.

SHREWD Iain Jardine
Won over C&D last June and improved again when four lengths third to Heartbreak City 12 months ago.
Rare poor effort in Ascot Stakes last time but may have found the ground too quick.

LAWS OF SPIN Willie Mullins, Ireland
Completed hat-trick of handicap wins at the Curragh last October and has caught the eye in two starts
this season, not seen to best effect when fifth in listed race at Down Royal last time.

MAGIC CIRCLE Ralph Beckett
Won over 2m here last term and caught the eye when fifth in Chester Cup (two and a quarter lengths
behind Montaly) in May. Shaped as if still in good form when seventh in Ascot Stakes last time.

RIVEN LIGHT Willie Mullins, Ireland
Useful dual performer who won at Galway in August and looked unlucky not to follow up when one and
a half lengths fifth over 7f there just five days later. Much longer trip here should suit.


CONCLUSION
Willie Mullins won this race with Sesenta in 2009 and any of his runners routed here must be afforded
maximum respect, while Flymetothestars has bundles of potential and deservedly heads the betting
after his fine Northumberland Plate third behind Higher Power and Natural Scenery. However, there
isn’t much juice in his price considering he needs rain and this race has gone to more battle-hardened
performers in recent years, and the likes of Top Tug and Seamour fit the bill. The former did all he could
from a position that wasn’t ideal in the Duke of Edinburgh last time, while Seamour did best of those
ridden prominently when fifth in this race last term. At 25/1 apiece, they make most appeal.

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