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Much like Mark Twain, reports of Aidan O'Brien's demise have been much exaggerated and he saddles Coventry bronze medalist SERGEI PROKOFIEV here who arguably brings the best form into the race. There are valid excuses for his last two runs and much better is expected from presumably Balldoyle's first string. A drop into Group Three company can help get him back on track after two tries at Group One level.
A tricky nursery to get the York card underway and ENCHANTED LINDA may have been let off lightly for this contest. After winning at Ffos Las she struck again under a penalty at Beverley and has the assistance of the champion jockey to boost her chances.
The O'Brien horses often take a big leap forward from their first run so there's a lot to like about FROSTY here. This full-sister to Winter won cosily on the all-weather at Dundalk on debut and is an exciting prospect. Angel's Hideaway has some good midsummer form but steps up a furlong here having been soundly beaten in the Lowther and Cheveley Park.
With the any overnight rain set to be swept away by race time, conditions look right for LIMATO to show his undoubted class. After a slow start to the season he has shown he's back to something approaching his best in Listed company recently and should have too much for his main rivals.
PRETTY POLLYANNA showed bags of speed to win the Duke of Cambridge before successfully stepping up to Group One company in the Prix Morny. Despite her defeat in the Cheveley Park she's a clear pick on ratings here and I think she can last out the extra two furlongs and stamp her class on proceedings.
A tight stayers handicap can go the way of CANFORD HEIGHTS who is lightly and raced and, much like market rival Surya, on an upward curve. The handicapper took a dim view of the selection's victory at Haydock on good to soft ground by handing him an eight pounds rise but even that hike might not stop him.
A strong renewal of this race can go to ROCK EAGLE who was staying on in a hot contest at Goodwood over ten furlongs last time and step up to a mile-and-a-half could be a massive plus. Astronomer is a Group horse in waiting but Ben Vrackie has a little bit to prove after his last two starts although the drop in trip should suit.