image-left-align SamTurnerTrainer William Haggas celebrated his birthday yesterday and I’m hopeful VICTORY BOND (York, 3.00) can hand him a belated present with a first victory of the season this afternoon.

The four-year-old has acquitted himself well in all three starts this season since being gelded and his seasonal comeback behind Sussex Stakes winner Here Comes When in May over course and distance has been well advertised since.

A poor draw denied him the chance to take a hand in the John Smith’s Cup before he again shaped well in Group 2 company last time and the return to a strongly-run mile could be the catalyst to a winning performance.

I enjoyed the good fortune yesterday to speak to Lord Teddy Grimthorpe, racing manager to Prince Khalid Abdulla, about the claims of MORI (York,4.15) in today's Galtres Stakes and he confirmed the Ribblesdale runner in great form ahead of her tilt at the Listed contest.

This race represents a marked class drop for the selection who was narrowly overhauled at Royal Ascot by Coronet and she had to work hard to get past the well-ridden Hertford Dancer that day.

That effort may have been left vulnerable to the late thrust of her conqueror and she can gain compensation in a race which lacks strength in depth.

Tim Easterby often targets this meeting so BREAKABLE (York, 4.50) could make a bold bid.

The selection has no secrets from the assessor but she ran well over a mile at Ascot last time which just seemed to stretch her and she looks nicely drawn to strike here.

She has been third in two course and distance handicaps previously and boasts a solid profile at seven furlongs so could supplement her trainer's success on day one of the meeting..

Desert Law was a 14-1 winner for this column yesterday