Through The Card: York, Friday 23 August

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"Both his conquerors ran in the Group 1 Prix Morny on Sunday and with nothing appearing to be in that calibre in this contest, he looks a solid selection..."

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13:55 - A typically competitive opening handicap at York with a case being able to be made for plenty. CORELLI (5) looks to have strong claims for John Gosden off the back of a good second at Newmarket last time and having suggested that the big field scenario would suit, he can resume his progress to make it another good day for the stable. Mandarin ran well last time at Ascot during the Shergar Cup meeting and he caught the eye to make him of interest here. Caradoc is interesting upped in trip under a penalty off the back of an impressive win at Windsor last week and whilst Gibbs Hill was pulled up early in the Northumberland plate when last seen, he was the subject of a big gamble ante-post and if resuming in the same heart, he could outrun his odds.

14:25 - The Lonsdale Cup is the final leg in the Weatherby's Hamilton Million pound bonus and everything looks likely that STRADIVARIUS (1) will win that for a second year in a row. This extraordinary horse has beaten everything that the rest of the staying world has thrown at him and with little to suggest others can beat him this time, he is a strong favourite to remain unbeaten for the second year in a row. Dee Ex Bee re-opposes again and would need to make this a thorough test to have a chance of turning the tables, whilst Irish raider Falcon Eight ran in snatches at Sandown last time, he did get the better of Mekong in the end but doesn't look up to this class.

15:00 - Two-year-olds take the stage next and Richard Hannon has a great chance of cementing another 2000 Guineas contender for next year in the form of THREAT (14). He looked a smart colt in the making when bolting up on debut at Newmarket and has since contested two headline Group races at the big festivals, finding only one too good each time. Both his conquerors ran in the Group 1 Prix Morny on Sunday and with nothing appearing to be in that calibre in this contest, he looks a solid selection to earn that elusive pattern success. Kevin Ryan's trio all can have a case made for them with the strongest challenge to the favourite coming from Repartee, along with Marco Botti's Italian Group 3 winner Malotru.

15:35 - An intriguing and exciting renewal of the Nunthorpe brings together a clash of generations at the head of the market. Ten Sovereigns was mightily impressive in the July Cup at Newmarket and whilst his trainer revealed afterwards he had worked four consecutive furlongs under 11 seconds, he could be there to give the perfect tow into the race for BATTAASH (1). Connections are having their third attempt at winning this contest and having changed their plan with transport and coaxing him through his prep at Goodwood, rather than allowing him to be as impressive as usual, it looks likely to pay off. This test of speed may well be too sharp for the favourite on his first attempt at the trip. Mabs Cross is bidding to make up her heartbreak in this contest last year but the jockey booking suggests this L'Abbaye at October is their main target this year.

16:15 - The most expensive maiden in the country takes place at York and this looks to be a good renewal with plenty of powerful connections on show. Molatham's form couldn't have taken a bigger boost yesterday after he was just touched off by Mums Tipple on debut. FOX DUTY FREE (7) ran to a similar level as him on debut and looks to have more scope for progress having been extremely green on debut but only just running out of yards to get to the leaders. This Kingman colt will appreciate the extra furlong here and with that experience under his belt, he can progress past these. Of the newcomers, Kumasi and Western Hero are both related to smart sorts so it would be no surprise to see them put up a bold show on debut.

16:50 - EDARAAT (12) represents Roger Varian here now looking to bring up the hat-trick and with him topping our weight adjusted ratings, he looks to have strong claims of doing just that. Having not shown much in minor events, the switch to handicap company has seen this gelded son of Exceed and Excel in a much better light. His handicap debut was impressive given the way he hung badly left but still won by nearly two lengths, with the suggestion it should have been more than double that. He's clearly not had all his quirks ironed out as he did the same, but nowhere near as bad, when following up at Redcar. Again, he was value for more after having to be switched out of trouble and his performance was worthy of a sectional upgrade. He can take the last at the expense of the gambled on Dark Vision and Biometric.

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