The third and final day of the 2021 Dante Festival gets underway at York on Friday, with the Yorkshire Cup Stakes featuring on the card.
Five runners make up the field in the 1m6f contest, with SIR RON PRIESTLEY (6/4) sitting as the favourite after two impressive performances this season.
Mark Johnston’s runner progressed quickly as a three-year-old and he claimed the Group 3 March Stakes at Goodwood in August 2019 before finishing runner-up behind Logician in the St Leger.
After missing the 2020 season due to injury, the five-year-old returned with an impressive effort at Nottingham in the Listed Further Flight Stakes in April
He followed that up with a dictating performance in the Group 2 Jockey Stakes at Newmarket, making all to record a two-and-a-quarter length victory over Pyledriver.
Sir Ron Priestley is the one to beat here and he is joined by stablemate NAYEF ROAD (10/3) who is stepped down in distance here.
The five-year-old battled it out against some of the best stayers in the division last season, finishing second behind the mighty Stradivarius in both the Ascot Gold Cup and the Goodwood Cup Stakes.
The son of Galileo claimed third in the Sagaro Stakes on his seasonal return last month, finishing a length and a half behind the staying superstar.
His versatility makes him an interesting candidate for this contest, with the Ascot Gold Cup likely his next target.
Last season’s Irish Derby winner SANTIAGO (9/4) failed to justify odds-on favouritism in the Vintage Crop Stakes at Navan three weeks ago, but he should show further improvement at York.
Andrew Balding’s SPANISH MISSION (10/1) returns to race on British soil after a stint in the Middle East, while WELLS FARHH GO (28/1) makes his seasonal reappearance under Tim Easterby.
– Nayef Road @ 10/3