Well-regarded Barys out to land Convivial Maiden for Watson
York's Ebor meeting is lauded for the prize-money on offer and that is perhaps best highlighted by the British Stallion Studs EBF Convivial Maiden Stakes (4.15) on Friday's card.
Worth £70,000, with £43,575 going to the winner, it is the richest maiden in Britain and two years ago Rivet took it en route to becoming a Group 1 winner in the Racing Post Trophy.
Connections of the 12 runners are likely to have Pattern-race aspirations for their contenders and five on duty are already engaged in top-level races.
They include the Archie Watson-trained Barys, a son of Kodiac who finished a creditable third on his first start over six furlongs at Yarmouth this month.
He is in the Darley Dewhurst Stakes and is well regarded by Watson, whose juveniles remain in fine form.
The Lambourn trainer said: "He's a lovely big horse and I thought his debut run was very good. I think he'll improve for the step up in trip to seven furlongs and he'll be a very nice horse going forwards."
Arogo also has a fancy entry – the Group 2 Howcroft Industrial Supplies Champagne Stakes in his case – but he did not shine on his debut at Beverley last month.
He is one of two runners in the race for Kevin Ryan, who introduces George Mallory.
The trainer's son and assistant Adam Ryan said: "Arogo is a nice horse we got from the breeze-ups and Tom Eaves thought the ground was a bit too much on the soft side for him at Beverley.
"It's a tough race but he has experience on his side. George Mallory does everything right at home. Hopefully he can make a good start to life on the course and he's a really nice prospect."
The yard is also double-handed in the Nationwide Accident Repair Services Handicap (4.50) and Ryan added: "It was a bit of an experiment dropping Commander Han to six furlongs last time and it didn't quite work out. He's a lovely horse and stepping back up to seven will suit him down to the ground.
"The ground was too quick for Queen's Sargent at Goodwood. What you see is what you get with him. He should run well as he always gives 110 per cent."
York's card opens with the Sky Bet Handicap (1.55), which is live on ITV's main channel.
Karl Burke, who runs Kelly's Dino, said: "He is a horse on an upward curve and his form is knocking on black-type class. He doesn't do a stroke in his races. I think he can put up a big handicap performance."
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