Lord Glitters can sparkle at York
David O'Meara's incredibly consistent five-year-old Lord Glitters has not run a bad race since joining this yard from France. The gelding has run seven times for the yard, won once, finished second on five occasions and third once.
The third was his latest start in the Sussex Stakes at Glorious Goodwood last time out, that was a cracking run and a repeat of that level of form would make him very tough to beat today. The likable greys only win for the yard came in the valuable Balmoral Handicap in impressive fashion at Ascot on Champions Day last October.
The only fears are he is stepping up to group class for the first time and going further than a mile for the first time, but the trainer is quoted as saying "he doesn't expect the extra furlong to trouble him, he's in good form and we think he'll be fine".
There are a couple of dangers in the field in the shape of Threading who is 2-2 at the track but her recent form doesn't look good enough in this company.
The other is Mustashry who also warrants respect in his bid for back-to-back wins in this race, but off level weights with Lord Glitters, who is rated 4lbs better, I have to go with Lord Glitters today.
Suedois can turn over the favourite
I want to take on Expert Eye in the City of York stakes as I think he is already short enough and could go even shorter. Dropping back to seven furlongs, the trip he won the Jersey Stakes over in June and with the ever popular and in form Frankie Detorri on his back he is sure to be popular in the ring.
I just think this race may be tougher to win than the market suggests and the one I like to give him a race is another David O'Meara runner Suedois, if he can reproduce the form of last months second in the Lennox Stakes where he was only beaten a short head by Sir Dancelot (who has gone on to win a group 2 under a penalty since) that looks good form to me.
He was third here last year, has been in good form in recent months and for me looks a better horse over this trip. Expert Eye is certainly a quality horse but at the prices I would rather be on him than the favourite.