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  • By: Anita Chambers
  • Last Updated: May 17 2013, 19:55 BST

Anita Chambers says Francois Doumen can make a rare foray to York pay dividends as he fields Top Trip in the Qipco Yorkshire Cup.

Francois Doumen: Can win with Top Trip

AINTREE: 5.20 Va'Vite, 5.55 Cool Macavity, 6.30 Door Boy, 7.05 Bar De Ligne, 7.40 Cool Mission, 8.15 Problema Tic, 8.50 Regal Diamond.

HAMILTON: 5.45 Touch The Clouds, 6.15 Mojave Desert, 6.50 Cono Zur, 7.25 Voodoo Prince, 8.00 Hit The Lights, 8.35 Mandalay King, 9.05 Dartrix.

KILBEGGAN: 5.40 Dancing Roe, 6.10 Via Del Corso, 6.45 American Flyer, 7.20 Mossley, 7.55 Rattan, 8.25 Pigeon Creek, 8.55 Indian Road Runner.

NEWBURY: 1.30 Championship, 2.00 Winsili, 2.35 Berwin, 3.05 Oriel, 3.40 Zanetto, 4.15 Autun, 4.50 Ssafa, 5.25 Gabrial's King.

NEWMARKET: 2.25 Gender Agenda, 2.55 Echo Brava, 3.30 Justice Day, 4.05 Haylaman, 4.40 Riposte, 5.15 Rockalong, 5.50 Putin.

YORK: 1.45 Hoku, 2.15 Sir John Hawkwood, 2.45 TOP TRIP (NAP), 3.15 Pearl Sea, 3.50 Space Artist, 4.25 Awake My Soul, 5.00 Rundell.

DOUBLE: Top Trip and Sir John Hawkwood.

Francois Doumen can make a rare foray to York pay dividends as he fields Top Trip in the Qipco Yorkshire Cup.

The French raider is trying to make the transition to the staying ranks this term after showing some useful form in middle-distance heats in 2012.

Winner of the Prix Hocquart, one of the leading French Derby trials, last May, Top Trip had to settle for fifth in the main event after failing to match the speed of the placed horses.

Upped to a mile and a half the next time, Top Trip again had to be content with minor money in a thoroughly unsatisfactory renewal of the Grand Prix de Paris.

Another narrow near-miss followed at Deauville and a largely frustrating season culminated in a disappointing effort over a mile and seven furlongs on very testing ground at Longchamp on Arc weekend.

Top Trip was probably just feeling the effects of a long season that day, having kicked off his campaign in March, and he turned in a much better effort on his 2013 return.

While only sixth in the Prix d'Harcourt, the form is working out pretty well, with the winner subsequently placed at Group One level and the runner-up having since struck in Group Two company.

Top Trip's ability to stay must be taken on trust as we learned little at Longchamp last autumn, but he is an intriguing runner in what looks a reasonably open event.

Pearl Sea can prove she stays a mile with victory in the Blade Amenity Fillies' Stakes.

A winner over six furlongs as a juvenile, she finished just a length adrift of Masarah on her first attempt at eight furlongs at Ascot earlier this month.

Given the winner has since gone on to be beaten just over five lengths in the 1000 Guineas, the form appears to be pretty strong.

Sir John Hawkwood makes a quick reappearance in the Jorvik Stakes following his win at Chester last week.

He looked a classy performer that day and despite being saddled with a penalty here, a quick-fire double for Sir Michael Stoute looks likely, particularly as the York ground has eased in the last 24 hours.

Winsili is the choice in the Swettenham Stud Fillies' Trial Stakes at Newbury.

Winner of a Newmarket maiden at the first attempt last year, she had to settle for second behind Lovely Pass in a conditions event at Ascot last September.

The winner has since struck Listed gold in Dubai and while Winsili is a touch behind Cruck Realta on the official numbers, John Gosden's runner merits the utmost respect.

Voodoo Prince has the distinction of being top racemare Ouija Board's first foal and though he has inherited merely a smidgen of her ability, he should be good enough in the Ginger Grouse Braveheart Stakes at Hamilton.

He finished a fine third at this level at Goodwood last year and a recent win at Ripon will have provided a nice confidence boost.

Riposte boasts a beautiful pedigree as a half-sister to multiple Group One winner Powerscourt and Kind, dam of the great Frankel.

She made a fair start for Sir Henry Cecil when runner-up at Sandown last month and should have gained plenty for the experience ahead of Newmarket's McCulloughs Maiden Fillies' Stakes.

Cool Macavity was a winner at Southwell at the beginning of the month and can continue to make hay in the No Premium Charge At Betdaq Novices' Hurdle at Aintree.


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