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Montaser: likely to get quick ground at York on Saturday

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Montaser on target for Silver Cup at York

MONTASER, impressive winner of a 1m6f handicap on his seasonal reappearance at York last month, is on course to return to the Knavesmire on Saturday for the £40,000 John Smith's Silver Cup.

The four-year-old will be stepping up in class when he tackles the Listed handicap, off a 5lb higher mark than when successful on his last visit, but trainer David Simcock is upbeat about his prospects.

"I was delighted with Montaser's last run," Simcock said. "It was a good starting point for his season. He is not a horse to run back too quickly and the timings are right from his last run to Saturday's race."

Favourite for the Northumberland Plate at Newcastle, Montaser was taken out on the morning of the race due to the good to soft ground, but with the going at York reported as good to firm on Wednesday morning, there should be no problems with conditions.

Simcock added: "York suits him and he loves fast ground. It looks a competitive race but I would like to think that he can take the step up in his stride."

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