Opposing star sprinter Harry Angel on his comeback is done with a heavy heart, but he is likely to be prohibitively priced and there could be better value in last year’s winner TASLEET (York, 3.30) given he boasts a decent record fresh and loves the Knavesmire.
He won this at 14-1 in 2017 despite connections believing the ground may have been too soft so Wednesday's conditions should be perfect. His run behind Librisa Breeze in an Ascot Group 1 in the autumn was another fine effort and he had Harry Angel behind that day.
QUEEN’S SARGENT (York, nb, 4.35) contests a fierce handicap but a gelding operation could well have ironed out any kinks Kevin Ryan's grey displayed last year and he could build on an encouraging Musselburgh comeback on easy ground. Despite not winning as a juvenile, the selection's times were excellent and he twice ran well on the Knavesmire to suggest today's test should be ideal.
As a Yorkshireman by birth, William Haggas loves to have winners at this meeting and the Nathaniel gelding appears to have been well placed to take advantage of a lenient mark. His owner, Bernard Kantor, landed a slightly classier middle-distance event last week at Chester with the Derby-bound Young Rascal and Reverend Jacobs could add to the success here.
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