13:55 - A typically competitive sprint handicap starts off the Ebor meeting and Great St. Wilfrid winner Dakota Gold tops the market after a career best last time. If backing that up, he looks to have a great chance down in trip but has previous flopped when attempting to back up quickly. STONE OF DESTINY (8) won at the Shergar Cup meeting by the smallest of margins and a 2 lb rise may let him off lightly given this will be run at a furious pace, which he can use to his advantage. QUEEN OF DESIRE (13) also looks overpriced at the time of writing, with her yard in fine form and given she has been competing in black-type events and is one from one in handicap company, a mark of 96 may well be within her range with the race promising to suit her run style. Justanotherbottle, Arecibo and Final Venture are also worthy of mentions in an extremely open contest.
14:25 - PERSUASION (6) looked a horse to follow on the back of his debut success at Glorious Goodwood and posted a useful rating for a debutant. He could have won by further but James Doyle was keen to let him do his thing without getting serious on him and with the promise of more to come, he looks well worth his place in this line up with that the best form on offer. He is a clear selection at the top of the shortlist ahead of Valdermoro, who posted some excellent closing sectionals last time at Doncaster, and Kingbrook, who won a minor event at Ascot last time and is certain to be staying on well at the end.
15:00 - A small field renewal of the Great Voltigeur but it has the potential to unearth another star for John Gosden in the shape of LOGICIAN (3). This Frankel colt is unbeaten in three starts, when taking two minor events in easy fashion before making a mockery of his opening handicap mark of 90 when upped to today's trip. Since his debut, he's looked a Group performer in the making and can confirm that promise today. Nayef Road and Constantinople are closely matched on their Goodwood form last time and with a 3 lb pull in favour of the latter, he can give the selection most to think about.
15:35 - A high class renewal of the Juddmonte International headlines the card on the opening day with plenty of high class individuals on show all bidding to join the illustrious roll of honour. Crystal Ocean heads the market after his epic battle with Enable in the King George at Ascot and if he can reproduce that performance, he should take all the beating. Having said that, he had an extremely hard race on softened ground and if he is over those exertions is a question mark, leaving the way for the unexposed KING OF COMEDY (9). Last seen at Royal Ascot, he finished his race off extremely well in the St. James' Palace when posting excellent sectionals in the process and looking as if this trip will be well within his range. He may have too much speed for the favourite and is well worth taking a chance on. Recent C&D winner Elarqam and Japan, despite the drop back in trip, head the dangers.
16:15 - Another typically competitive handicap puts some unexposed sorts up at the trip against some guaranteed stayers with plenty able to have a case made for them. CHARLES KINGSLEY (2) finished fifth behind current Ebor favourite King's Advice at Goodwood last time out and despite getting outpaced as the race developed, he was staying on again at the line suggesting this step up to two miles will see him in a better light and he can run well. Carwennan dominated the Northumberland Vase when wining that at the end of June and was perhaps beaten by the ground at Newbury on his latest start. If putting that behind him, he can go well, along with Dubawi Fifty and Infrastructure.
16:50 - A valuable nursery pitches lots of unexposed sorts up against each other with the race wide open for something to come out and stamp their class on the way to better things. Goodwood winner Homespin has sound claims but a 10 lb rise for that performance could leave him vulnerable and it may be worth siding with POP DANCER (4). Despite being drawn on a wing in 22, the form of his northern minor event wins is good and he might have been let off lightly now handicapping off a mark of 90. He makes appeal, ahead of the Richard Hannon pair Malvern and Hard Nut, with preference for the latter with Ryan Moore in the plate. Oti Ma Boati is unbeaten and starts off for new connections here and could well prove better than this grade and C&D winner Troubador is also worthy of a mention.