One trainer, one jockey, one horse and one race to watch at York's Ebor meeting
William Haggas has a huge week in store, primarily with Baaeed stepping up in trip in the Juddmonte International (3.35) on Wednesday, but the Newmarket trainer also has a host of other chances throughout the four days.
The unbeaten Shadwell-owned colt goes beyond a mile for the first time in Wednesday's Group 1 highlight and should he seal a sixth straight top-level win, he would emulate Frankel's four-year-old season a decade on.
Haggas also saddles Dubai Honour in the same race but took out Alenquer on Tuesday, with last year's runner up scoping badly. Lilac Road will represent the trainer in the Yorkshire Oaks on Thursday (3.35) and Golden Lyra is the early favourite for the Listed British EBF & Sir Henry Cecil Galtres Stakes (4.10) later on the card.
My Oberon and Bashkirova give Haggas a strong hand in Saturday's opener, the Strensall Stakes (1.50). Sacred could look to reverse the Lennox form with Sandrine in the Sky Bet City Of York Stakes (3.00) before Haggas has three potential chances in the Sky Bet Ebor (3.35), the flagship race of the meeting.
Hamish won at this meeting last year and is the class act at the top of the weights, while Royal Ascot winner Candleford needs to bounce back from a disappointing Newmarket run. However, it is course winner Gaassee who is most prominent in the betting for Haggas and could cap off a stellar week for the trainer.
William Buick always has a superb book of rides at the major summer festivals and this week at York is no different. The Godolphin rider has favourite Local Dynasty in the Acomb (2.25) and Great Voltigeur Stakes (3.00) market leader Secret State to look forward to on Wednesday, as well Native Trail in the Juddmonte (3.35).
The Irish 2,000 Guineas winner did not disgrace himself in the Coral-Eclipse when stepping up in trip and is interesting taking on Baaeed. Buick is also set to ride Gimcrack (3.00) favourite Noble Style on the racecourse for the first time, with the two-year-old successful on his first two starts under James Doyle and David Probert respectively.
Ganton Stakes scorer Valiant Prince gives Buick a decent chance in Saturday's Strensall Stakes (1.50) as the gelding returns to the scene of his Listed win.
Stradivarius has won the Weatherbys Hamilton Lonsdale Cup Stakes (2.25) three times and all eyes will be on the star stayer as he bids to defend his crown on Friday.
Stradivarius has a perfect record at the Knavesmire, with Frankie Dettori on board for all six of those successes, but Andrea Atzeni keeps the ride after last month's gallant Goodwood Cup second.
With no Kyprios to contend with, Stradivarius could win his second Group 2 at York this season and give owner-breeder Bjorn Nielsen further fuel to delay the eight-year-olds retirement plans.
The Juddmonte (3.35) will be fascinating to watch to see how Baaeed copes with the extra distance, the Yorkshire Oaks (3.35) has Sir Mark Prescott's Arc-bound star mare Alpinista and the Nunthorpe (3.35) is always a thrilling spectacle featuring some of the best sprinters in Britain.
However, the Sky Bet Ebor (3.35) on Saturday is one of the most prestigious handicaps of the season, with 22 horses tackling the 1m6f £500,000 contest. Paddy Twomey's progressive Earl Of Tyrone leads the market in his four-timer bid, although Fujaira Prince (2020) is the only favourite to oblige in the last decade.
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