Crossed Baton can provide John Gosden with a third victory in the last four renewals of the Betfred Dante Stakes at York.
Widely regarded as Britain’s leading trial for the Derby, it will take something extraordinary for 2000 Guineas hero Saxon Warrior to be challenged at the head of ante-post lists for the premier Classic.
It could be another excellent day at the office for Gosden and Frankie Dettori, with Coronet setting a standard that will be tough to match in the Betfred Middleton Stakes.
The daughter of Dubawi won the Ribblesdale Stakes at Royal Ascot last summer and finished second to esteemed stablemate Enable in the Yorkshire Oaks here in August.
Custom Cut should go well at rewarding odds in the Betfred TV Hambleton Handicap.
David O’Meara’s stable stalwart is in the autumn of his career at the age of nine, but it is only 12 months since he won a Group Three in Ireland.
He spent much of 2017 in Group races and Listed events without success and with his mark having dropped as a result, he is now able to compete back in handicap company.
The veteran was far from disgraced in finishing fourth at Haydock last month and the handicapper’s decision to drop him 3lb looks generous.
He is a winner at York and having blown away any cobwebs at Haydock, he should run a big race.
Clonmel: 5.20 Miss Echrad, 5.55 Crezic, 6.30 Drakaina, 7.05 Last Minute Man, 7.40 Rideonastar, 8.15 Feeling The Love, 8.45 Cash Me Outside.
Fontwell: 5.00 One Big Love, 5.30 Goodnight Vienna, 6.05 Changeofluck, 6.40 Boher Call, 7.15 Strumble Head, 7.50 Caryto Des Brosses, 8.25 Starkie.
Newmarket: 5.10 Point Hope, 5.45 Usain Boat, 6.20 Allante, 6.55 White Desert, 7.30 Prabeni, 8.05 Morning Skye, 8.35 Mushtaq.
Perth: 2.00 Left Back, 2.30 Indian Hawk, 3.05 Hey Listen, 3.40 Nefyn Bay, 4.15 Excellent Result, 4.45 Harleys Max, 5.15 Traditional Dancer.
Salisbury: 2.10 High Horse, 2.40 Fayrouz Rose, 3.15 Rock Eagle, 3.50 Sun Maiden, 4.25 Crystal Moonlight, 4.55 Sanches, 5.25 Ghayadh, 6.00 Mooroverthebridge.
York: 2.20 Gracious John, 2.55 CORONET (NAP), 3.30 Crossed Baton, 4.05 Custom Cut, 4.35 Declarationofpeace, 5.05 I Am A Dreamer, 5.35 Blue Hussar.