Definightly will be Roger Charlton's sole representative in the York sprintPICTURE: Mark Cranham (racingpost.com/photos)
Bated Breath misses Duke of York Stakes
BATED BREATH, who was a general 7-1 for Wednesday's Duke of York totepool Stakes, will miss the race with connections choosing to wait for better ground.
Roger Charlton also plans to hold fire with fellow top sprinter Genki, although the trainer will be represented in the Group 2 sprint.
"Bated Breath and Genki to miss York to await faster ground but Definightly declared and would like more rain if possible," tweeted Charlton.
The ground at York was described as soft, good to soft in places on Monday morning.
A final field of 14 are set to go to post for the Duke of York with Hoof It, Mayson and Society Rock priced up as the main contenders.
The Cheka, who beat Mayson on his last run, has impressed jockey Neil Callan.
"Mayson has gone on and won twice since but The Cheka is unexposed as a sprinter and he has some really good form throughout his career," Callan said.
Neil Callan: rates The ChekaPICTURE: Edward Whitaker
"I think he is only going to improve with more races over sprint distances."
A small but select field of six will face off in the Group 3 Tattersalls Musidora Stakes on the same card with Aidan O'Brien relying on Twirl.
The Leopardstown maiden winner tackles Qipco 1,000 Guineas fourth The Fugue, surprise Weatherbys Bank Cheshire Oaks winner Good Morning Star as well as Aniseed, Esentepe and Salford Art.
John Gosden, who trains The Fugue, said: "She ran a nice race at Newmarket especially as one ran into the back of her after a furlong or so, which meant she lost her stride for a bit.
"However, she finished the race strongly and has been in good form since. She lacks racing experience and we are keen to run her to see which route we go down - whether we stay at a mile anda quarter or go a mile and a half."
Nick Bradley, spokesman for Estentepe's owners Middleham Park, tweeted: "Lilys Angel swerves Musidora, will run Friday. Esentepe likely to run."