Through The Card: York, Saturday 24 August

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It is the final day of York's Ebor meeting at York on Saturday

Timeform take you through the card at York on Saturday...

"This is a big step up in trip – and class – but his pedigree suggests that this longer trip will bring about further improvement..."

Timeform on First In Line

13:50 - WISSAHICKON (2) had the worst of the draw when going for a six-timer back in April, and this looks a good opportunity for him to get back on track. His demolition job in last year's Cambridgeshire remains fresh in the memory and he has the speed to cope with this drop back in trip. Zaaki also had an excuse last time, and he'd been improving nicely prior to that, so he's the main threat.

14:25 - FIRST IN LINE (3) has made a most promising start to his career, building on an encouraging debut to win his last two starts, the latest by six lengths at Doncaster earlier this month. He received a more positive ride on that occasion, and seemed better suited by the more galloping track. This is a big step up in trip - and class - but his pedigree suggests that this longer trip will bring about further improvement, and First In Line is one to keep on the right side for now. There is the usual clutch of progressive stayers in this good-class handicap, though, and Kiefer and Eminence also need monitoring closely.

15:00 - CAPE BYRON (4) disappointed in the July Cup, but that's easy to forgive after such a big effort in the Wokingham, so he's worth another chance to regain the progressive thread. Laurens is an admirable sort who will continue to give a good account, though the biggest threat may come from Speak In Colours, who had a luckless run in the Lennox Stakes at Goodwood and is completely unexposed at this trip.

15:40 - John Gosden sent out the 1-2 last year and holds a strong hand again courtesy of BEN VRACKIE (15) and Weekender, who was second 12 months ago. The former may well have found his latest Newmarket run coming too soon on the back of his excellent Royal Ascot reappearance and is well worth another chance. King's Advice is a must for the shortlist, while Withhold's big handicap record merits him respect.

16:10 - ALLIGATOR ALLEY (1) has seemingly always been held in some regard, and he attracted late support up in grade when finishing runner-up to Liberty Beach in the Molecomb Stakes at Goodwood last time. He shaped very well, too, likely to have given the winner even more to think about had he not met significant trouble in running, and that form makes him a standout in this field. Mighty Spirit and Treble Treble can fight out minor honours.

16:45 - FOREST OF DEAN (8) has done nothing but progress since opening his account at Newcastle earlier this year, looking better than ever when winning a handicap at Glorious Goodwood last time, the extra emphasis on speed suiting him well. The handicapper has had his say since by raising him 7 lb, but there should still be more to come from him such was the manner of that success, and the track and ground here should suit him well. Johnny Drama was arguably the one to take out of the race won by Fayez last month and he is feared, along with Tudor City, who landed the Galway Hurdle last time.

17:20 - Michael Dods has done well in this race in recent years and QUE AMORO (8) looks another solid contender for the yard. He ran out a wide-margin winner of a handicap at this course last time, showing much improved form, while probably benefiting from the return to front running. The handicapper has had his say and raised him 10 lb in the weights, and this is a stronger race, but course form counts for plenty in races of this type, so Que Amoro is worth backing to follow up. Recon Mission already has a big-race win to his name here this term and is also respected.

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