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months ago and could dance rings round most sprint­ers.

But if you study the of­fi­cial rat­ings there is only 1lb be­tween him, the un­beaten Light­ning Moon, Naadirr (who won here in Septem­ber last year) and Mattmu, trained by Tim Easterby who was among the win­ners on Mon­day.

This should be one hell of a fin­ish. Get the mag­ni­fy­ing glass out.

But it’s AS­TAIRE for us, Ms Rodgers.

You will know the fate of your money about a fur­long out.

He leads. He does not like to see an­other horse.

Each time he has won here (twice) he has looked like be­ing reeled in only to quicken again.

Keep the stakes small be­cause this is so hot but As­taire can have us singing in the rain. Or the sun­shine, not checked the weather fore­cast to be hon­est.

A half-hour later we get the Musi­dora Stakes (3.45).

A £100,000 con­di­tions race which has at­tracted the lessthan-princely to­tal of FIVE run­ners. For a Group 3?

You de­spair of own­ers and train­ers moan­ing about the lack of prize-money in rac­ing and when York sticks up 100k for a Group 3, which is well short of top class com­pe­ti­tion . . . what do they get? A nap­hand. Shoddy. Ai­dan O’Brien sends out To­gether For­ever and on fig­ures the four-timer seek­ing filly ought to be good enough.

But the Ballydoyle ge­nius has never won this and, be fair, he has won most things.

On the other hand John Gos­den (pic­tured) has won it twice in the last four years and he sad­dles the Dubai Duty Free Stakes (New­bury) win­ner STAR OF SEVILLE.

There is a bit of a con­cern that Will Buick who rode both of Gos­den’s re­cent win­ners is aboard Char­lie Hills’ Pan­dora and there will be plenty who will try to open her box (sorry, again).

But that lit­tle Ital­ian Det­tori fella is a fair sub, not in the most aw­ful form, is he?

So we will lo­cate to the land of the or­anges.

Only two have won over this dis­tance. The se­lec­tion and Pan­dora.

But the form of Pan­dora’s Don­caster maiden win does not ex­actly poke your eye out.

So it’s the Span­ish lass for us.

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