Master Carpenter out to make it two wins in three years in York feature
Master Carpenter and Phillip Makin are to put their unbeaten York record on the line in Saturday's John Smith's Cup when they bid to win the race for the second time in three years.
The six-year-old will drop back in trip after what trainer Rod Millman revealed was a test in the 1m4f Duke of Edinburgh at Royal Ascot for whether his big York race would be the Betfred Ebor next month.
"I was thinking of putting him in the Ebor," said the Devon trainer, who won that longer race with Sergeant Cecil 12 years ago.
"He didn't have the best of runs but he didn't stay [at Ascot]. So he's back to a mile and a quarter and it's nice they've had a bit of rain at York. On his day he's a very good horse and I'm hoping for a good run."
On a busy big day in Britain for jockeys, Millman is pleased to have got Makin to try to repeat both their win in this £200,000 feature and their five-length romp over course and distance in May.
Those praying to get a berth in the 20-runner John Smith's Cup might have hoped last weekend's Haydock runner Big Country would miss the race.
However, trainer Mick Appleby said: "He's come out of the race well and could possibly run with the rain in his favour."