The two big races of the day are the Tattersalls Musidora Stakes and the Duke of York totepool Stakes, although the televised action begins at 1.30 when the Infinity Tyres Stakes is run over one mile before the William Birch & Sons Construction Stakes is run over a slightly shorter distance of six furlongs.
Tattersalls Musidora Stakes 2.30
This fillies race appears to be a straight shoot-out between The Fugue and Twirl, who are both hovering around the 6/4 mark ahead of the race. The former was fourth at Newmarket on her seasonal reappearance last week and should be stronger for the outing, with John Gosden expecting good things from the three-year-old on Wednesday.
The longer trip could play into the hands of The Fugue, although Twirl has to be taken seriously, with the Aidan O’Brien-trained filly a full sister to Misty For Me, a former Irish 1000 Guineas winner. Second place behind Chrysanthemum at the Curragh two months ago saw her beat some impressive horses and again, the trip should be no problem.
If there is to be a surprise in the Musidora, then Salford Art might be the one to provide it, especially as Ryan Moore has been booked to ride a horse that ran 4th in the Pretty Polly Stakes at Newmarket recently. The only danger is that the ground will be on the slow side and her best form has come on the quick.
Good Morning Star needs to find plenty of improvement to figure in the final reckoning, with Esentepe and Aniseed the other horses in the race.
Duke of York totepool Stakes 3.00
This is more of a race for the each-way punters, with 14 horses entered for this Group 2 encounter and there is a handsome £60,000 purse for the winning connections.
It is little wonder that the contest has attracted some high calibre entries and none look better than Mayson, a four-year-old looking for a hat-trick after wins at Newmarket in recent weeks. The Richard Fahey horse is still open to improvement and looks a tasty each-way proposition at 9/2 (bet365 £200 free bets).
It might be the case that Hoof It goes off favourite and the Lee Westwood-owned charge claimed victory at York last July in the Sky Bet Dash, although the five-year-old did let down his backers in the Nunthorpe later that summer. He’s on offer at 4/1 this time.
At a bigger price, Elnawin catches the eye and the six-year-old hasn’t been seen for nearly a year since consecutive victories at Ascot and Salisbury last year. Society Rock is another interesting runner, with Kieren Fallon on board a horse that needs to rediscover the sort of form that saw it win at Ascot last June.