Several smart sorts aim to land some black type in Yorkshire on Friday evening, with seven runners being declared in the Listed Lyric Fillies’ Stakes at York.
ALPINE STAR is the one to beat here, with the Group 1 winner making her seasonal reappearance for Jessica Harrington.
The Sea The Moon filly carries some top-level form, landing the Coronation Stakes at Royal Ascot before placing in three Group 1 contests over in France last year.
She shouldn’t need a run to get into the swing of things and with her nearest rivals having to make up 16lbs in the ratings, the four-year-old holds a very strong chance of success here.
FOORAAT is dropped back down in class after finishing sixth in the Duke Of Cambridge Stakes, but she will need to take a seriously smart filly if she is to claim victory in Yorkshire.
The daughter of Dubawi was slightly too headstrong on her last outing, but that should have taken any greenness out of her.
Roger Varian’s recruit is stepped up to 10 furlongs for the first time, but her pedigree suggests she should stay the trip and could well be in the mix here.
SEA EMPRESS caught the eye on her debut last season, after getting the better of Oaks runner Teona on the all-weather at Newcastle.
William Haggas’ filly showed high levels of promise as a two-year-old but she is yet to deliver in top-class company.
The three-year-old was slightly disappointing when stepped up into Graded company last month, but she can bounce back here and may even relish the quicker conditions.
A LA VOILE has made slow progress throughout the season for Sir Michael Stoute, while Ralph Beckett’s VESELA is relatively unexposed and could have more in the locker.
Richard Hannon’s ARISTIA returns to Listed company after finishing eighth in the Ribblesdale Stakes and Hughie Morrison’s ROSEMARY AND THYME is given a tough assignment as she is stepped up to the middle distances for the time.
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