Take it Easy at York
Man On The Spot previews Friday's terrestrial television action and the third day of York's Dante Meeting.
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Tom Dascombe won this last year with subsequent Queen Mary heroine Ceiling Kitty and will be hoping Quatuor can scale the same heights. She's going the right way as she easily won last week's Lily Agnes at Chester when beating Blithe Spirit by four lengths. Limegrove was fourth and Kodafine last and she had Hoku back in third when successful earlier at Windsor, though did have the benefit of experience that day. Beldale Memory, Champagne Babe, Majestic Alexander and Pigeon Pie were all first time winners, the latter beating subsequent Ripon scorer Lexington Rose at Newcastle. BUSH BEAUTY looked to be travelling just as well as the long odds-on Autumn Blush on debut at Yarmouth but couldn't quicken inside the final furlong. She'll have learned from that and could run well at a big price in this opener.
High-class fillies Clowance and Izzi Top have won this race in recent years so today's winner is worth following. John Gosden trained the latter and Winsili is stepped up in trip for her reappearance. The Ribblesdale entry should go well but a chance is taken that VALTINA can build on her recent winning debut at Haydock. She beat a subsequent winner on that occasion and Richard Hughes takes over the reins for this. A winner in soft ground at Doncaster in October, The Lark hails from last year's winning yard and all three of the above are fancied ahead of the more exposed fillies. Cruck Realta is the best of those and had a disappointing Concise well behind when fifth at Newmarket last time while Asgardella has plenty to find with the principals on today's terms.
Sir John Hawkwood stayed on strongly to score over 1m2f at Chester last week and the step up in trip has been long overdue. He should go well, despite the penalty, while Duke Of Clarence is another trying 1m4f for the first time after getting off the mark for the season at Windsor. Hanoverian Baron won this in 2010 but looks high enough in the weights at present whereas the handicapper has been more generous with EASY TERMS. Only 2lb higher than when in this successful 12 months ago, Edwin Tuer's prolific scorer made a promising reappearance over an inadequate trip at Pontefract and wasn't beaten far despite finishing eighth in a rough race at Thirsk subsequently. He can reverse that latest form with Oriental Fox and is better off at the weights with last year's third Crackentorp so a repeat could be on the cards. Rio's Rosanna and Martin Chuzzlewit are potentially well treated but the latter lacks a run this year.
Cavalryman will probably start favourite here on the strength of his victory in the Dubai Gold Cup at Meydan in March. He's won at this level and higher in the past and would take all the beating if back to his best with the drop in distance unlikely to be a problem. Globe-trotting Joshua Tree won the Grade 1 Canadian International in October and also scored at Deauville last year. But he is one of two carrying a penalty here and might need this. Quiz Mistress had Guarantee behind when second in the John Porter at Newbury last month but the placings could be reversed here if a visor cures the latter's wayward tendencies and he easily has the beating of Sir Graham Wade on last year's form in the Melrose over course and distance. TOP TRIP was fifth in last year's Prix du Jockey Club and held his own in good company afterwards over longer distances. His reappearance over a trip too short at Longchamp will have blown away any cobwebs and Francois Doumen's four-year-old looks the one to be on here with last year's Irish St Leger winner Royal Diamond struggling to recapture his best form.
Annie's Fortune would have a chance in this on the pick of last year's form but City Image looks to be facing a stiff task under a penalty. Pearl Sea was only beaten a length on her reappearance at Ascot and makes more appeal than Senafe, beaten on the Polytrack last month. Hanzada has shown promise in all three starts but will find easier opportunities than this to get off the mark and is more exposed than Pavlosk and HOW'S LIFE. The former, who represents a yard already in terrific form, won on her first start at Newbury four weeks ago and should go on the better things but the latter also deserves a crack at this higher level after running away with a Beverley handicap under a big weight on her return to action. She gets the nod, though Ffos Las maiden winner Orpha has her sights lowered after contesting the Moyglare Stud Stakes in September.
Having finished second to Mayfield Girl on his reappearance at Nottingham, The Art Of Racing scraped home at Ripon but didn't find as much as expected off the bridle and may be worth opposing here off a 3lb higher mark. Bispham Green's form also ties in closely with the hat-trick-seeking Mayfield Girl but he was readily outpaced by Normal Equilibrium at Chester last week. Moviesta appeared to appreciate the extra furlong at Doncaster three weeks ago and this is a very fast 5f, though he's still preferred to stablemate Space Artist who didn't beat much at Bath last month. MY NAME IS RIO is unexposed and appears to be improving. He looks well weighted with a few of these on his latest fourth at Nottingham and could be the value though Secret Look, almost alongside on his return to action, also catches the eye.
Rye House probably has more scope than the majority of these but this trip may be too sharp on his reappearance. Awake My Soul and Take Two both arrive seeking hat-tricks. Danny Tudhope prefers the former to stablemate War Poet and he should go well, despite a penalty, while Forget Me Not Lane was a progressive sort last summer but hasn't raced for almost a year. CLON BRULEE is also making his reappearance but he won at the first time of asking last year and should have more to offer this time around. The going and trip are ideal and, if he can avoid traffic problems from his outside draw, David Barron's charge should give supporters a run for their money off a decent mark. The filly Nemushka looks the pick of Richard Fahey's trio on jockey bookings while Doncaster fourth Prophesy is another to consider in an open race.
Rundell easily beat Esteaming in a Bath maiden on his second start last season and should have more to offer over this sort of trip this year. Buckstay also had Esteaming behind when third on his reappearance at Pontefract, however, while Allnecessaryforce has been knocking on the door on the all-weather. Sioux Chieftain was raised 8lb after winning at Nottingham but Kempton winner Pivotal Silence is only a pound higher than when narrowly failing to follow up at Windsor and Good Speech went close over this trip at Beverley last time. MOMBASA may have come up against a smart performer in the making on his reappearance at Leicester. He wasn't disgraced conceding 6lb and would probably go close here with a similar effort.