I am very much looking forward to the action at York next week. The Ebor meeting is shaping up into one of the best I can remember and in particular, I am looking forward to seeing the best middle distance three-year-old in Europe in the Juddmonte International in the shape of Japan.
He may have to play second fiddle to Crystal Ocean over a trip that is short of his best, but I believe he is a very under-rated contender.
Three winners last week in my weekly column on the website and I have another four selections for Sunday. Best of luck.
This horse has been admirably consistent since joining Mick Appleby and is now proving himself to be as good on turf as he is on the All-weather.
He travelled strongly and was only overhauled late on at Ascot last time out in a slightly better race than this and another bold show is on the cards.
Cieren Fallon gets on him for the first time here and if his run is timed slightly better than last time out, he will be a force to be reckoned with here.
His strong travelling style will give Cieren plenty of tactical options as well.
This filly bounced back to form last time in no uncertain terms. She showed all her old zest to make all and storm clear winning at Haydock in a good time.
That was a big turnaround from two lacklustre efforts earlier in the season and, if she can replicate that effort, she will go close here.
She is drawn in stall three and the two horses inside her are unlikely to contest the pace, so she is likely to get the rail and dominate this contest from the front.
This is a deep race and she may well lead and just be a target for others, but I think her pace will have them all in trouble turning for home and she will have enough to hang on and win this valuable prize.
This horse is unbeaten in two starts and is still very much a work in progress. He was green when winning at Salisbury last time out and looked as if there is plenty more to come as he learns his job.
The handicapper has allotted him a mark of 95 which may seem a little harsh given what he has achieved in two runs, but I think this horse could be pretty useful and against these rivals, he can defy his mark, particularly as there have been plenty of winners to come out of the Salisbury race he won.
This horse won twice at the Galway Festival and did us a favour in this column in doing so.
He now has his attention turned to chasing and this versatile performer could have plenty in hand of his rivals if he can translate his ability to the larger obstacles.
He has tackled fences before but that was a while ago and he is in far better form now for Joseph O'Brien who clearly believes he has some scope in this sphere.
A clear round should suffice here for this talented and versatile performer.
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