A small field of five runners have been declared in the Group 2 York Stakes on Saturday, with several interesting contenders running on the Knavesmire this weekend.
MOHAAFETH (5/4) has made a rapid rise through the ratings this season and the Frankel colt could register a fifth successive victory for William Haggas.
The three-year-old has jumped up 27lbs in the ratings since April and has forged a strong partnership with experienced jockey Jim Crowley.
He is yet to be beaten this season and it will take a top-draw performance for the colt to end his four-race unbeaten streak.
ARMORY (2/1) represents Aidan O’Brien in the contest, with the four-time Group winner aiming to continue his good form.
The four-year-old marked his seasonal reappearance with success, making light work of his rivals in the Group 2 Huxley Stakes at Chester back in May.
The Galileo colt gave a respectable performance in Group 1 competition last month, finishing a length and a half behind Love in third in the Prince Of Wales’s Stakes at Royal Ascot.
He is versatile on all ground types and could well hint at some value in this const.
JUAN ELCANO (7/2) returns to Grouped company following his Listed success in the Wolferton Stakes at Royal Ascot for Kevin Ryan.
The gelding, who finished fifth in the 2000 Guineas last season at 66/1, was underwhelming on his seasonal reappearance in the Doncaster Mile Stakes back in March but he bounced back with success in Berkshire last month.
This is a tougher assignment for the four-year-old and he will need to step up against two smart rivals.
MONTATHAM (18/1) is the second string for William Haggas’ yard and make his first start in Group company, while Andrew Balding’s BANGKOK (25/1) has six lengths to find on Armory after finishing last of four runners in the Huxley Stakes at Chester.
- Armory @ 2/1