So good they named him twice
Man On The Spot previews all the action on the Knavesmire from the third day of York's Ebor meeting.
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Gospel Choir makes a belated seasonal debut off an 8lb higher mark than when winning at Haydock last August. But given his connections, he's likely to start a short enough price on his comeback while Winterlude will also be somewhere near the head of the betting having beaten Come On Blue Chip on his handicap debut at Doncaster. White Nile is another lightly-raced sort who could figure on his return to action while Kiama Bay has beaten both Rio's Rosanna and Scatter Dice in the process of landing a recent double. The latter's stablemate Party Line scored over a longer trip last time but Castilo Del Diablo makes more appeal despite a 6lb rise for finishing second at Kempton last month. HANOVERIAN BARON has run well in more competitive affairs than this since suffering a narrow-margin defeat over track and trip back in May. Unlucky in-running at Haydock last time, Tony Newcombe's charge can run a big race in the opener.
Plenty of collateral form to consider but this is more about who will come good on the day. TIMES UP chose to do just that in last year's renewal with Simenon, Askar Tau and Glen's Diamond all well beaten and it would be no surprise if Ed Dunlop's charge ran up to the same level this time round. He was eased down in the closing stages of the Ascot Gold Cup on his latest outing when Simenon finished runner-up and the latter has leading claims on that effort although Ahzeemah is the most consistent horse in the race. The Godolphin four-year-old found Brown Panther too good in the Goodwood Cup earlier this month but had a few of these behind including stablemate Colour Vision and Caucus. The last-named is another with a shout if bouncing back to his best judged on an earlier second in the Sagaro Stakes to subsequent Ascot Gold Cup heroine Estimate.
Danadana won a handicap at this meeting last year and landed the Group 3 Huxley Stakes at Chester in May when beating Gabrial. But he seems to have lost his way since then and it's hard to know what to expect dropping back in trip for this. City Style will have come on for a recent comeback run at Haydock and could prove the one to beat if able to reproduce his form in Dubai earlier in the year while Pavlosk won over a mile here back in May and has plenty of scope. ARCHBISHOP goes well fresh and will need to if he's to get involved on his first start since September. However, the form of his dead-heat with Trumpet Major at Goodwood last term looks pretty strong in this context and there may be more to come over today's extra distance. Robin Hoods Bay and Red Avenger are both smart handicappers but this could prove beyond them.
Group 1 winning sprinters Shea Shea and Sole Power take up arms once again. The latter won this as a three-year-old and a fitness advantage may have told when he beat the former a neck in the King's Stand at Ascot in June. But Mike de Kock's charge had beaten Sole Power earlier in the year in Dubai and finished ahead of him again when fourth in the July Cup last time. Shea Shea is taken to edge today's rematch with Frankie taking over the reins. Like most of the rest, Slade Power has a bit to find with the aforementioned pair and so does Tickled Pink, although the latter is still improving and beat a previous winner of this, Kingsgate Native, at Sandown before a below par effort behind today's rival Moviesta at Goodwood. Kingsgate Choice beat York Glory in a handicap over track and trip in May while Swiss Spirit is another who could go well without being quite good enough. Borderlescott has won this twice before but doesn't look the force of old at the age of eleven.
A maiden race chock full of promising types but the form book tells us MASTER THE WORLD should go very close. Unfancied on his debut over today's trip at Goodwood, he just failed to catch the winner with Tahadee in close attendance and Golden Town and Sir Charlie Kunz further behind. Gerard Butler's colt gets the vote ahead of Red Galileo, runner-up on his first start over 7f at Newmarket and also looking to have every chance in this. Rogue Wave found only one too good last time but his debut run behind War Command at Ascot was an even better effort while Dandana is another to note stepping up a furlong. Derbyshire cost 155,000 euros and an entry in the Racing Post Trophy suggests he's worth noting on his racecourse debut.
HAY DUDE won a shade more cosily than the narrow winning-margin would suggest at Haydock last time. He gets a tentative vote in a wide-open contest. Tamayuz Star, Ebn Arab and Majestic Moon all have something to prove over today's distance but their form over 7f gives them every chance while King George River should appreciate the drop back to a mile. Enobled has strong claims if a disappointing run at Haydock last time is ignored while the Irish raider Machete Mark and Muharrib are others to consider. Party Royal and Short Squeeze are recent winners but have much more on their plate in this better company.