MELTING DEW (1.55) found only Sir Chauvelin too strong over 1m 6f at the Qatar Goodwood Festival but can go one better in the opener at York.
Sir Michael Stoute’s gelding beat subsequent Goodwood winner Alfarris over 1m 2f at Sandown and this intermediate trip is ideal for Ryan
STRADIVARIUS (2.35) has the £1million bonus up for grabs in the Lonsdale Cup and a huge payday seems assured. He will be at short odds to scoop the pot and is worth including in a double with Nunthorpe Stakes hotpot BATTAASH (3.35), the fastest sprinter in Europe on his day.
SHINE SO BRIGHT (3.00) will go off at tastier odds in the Gimcrack Stakes and Andrew Balding’s colt wouldn’t need to improve much on his third to Land Force in the Richmond Stakes at Goodwood to play a big part.
NICKLAUS (4.50) should appreciate the extra yardage after running third to Vale Of Kent over 7f at Goodwood. The William Haggas-trained gelding has progressed from every run this season and William Buick takes over the reins.
I fancied Mystic Flight last weekend but he was pulled out to wait for this big prize. With five places on offer in some places, I’ll be betting Mystic Flight as well at around 8-1.
At Newmarket, ELASIA (4.20) left the impression she was a fast-improving filly when hammering John Gosden’s Hameem at Kempton. Andrea Atzeni misses York to ride Roger Varian’s three-year-old on handicap debut.