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Clever Cookie beats Second Step at York's Dante meeting in May 2016

Last year's winner Clever Cookie is one of eight runners in the Betway Yorkshire Cup at York on Friday.

Peter Niven's veteran will be making his seasonal reappearance but connections will be pleased to have seen the recent rain in the area.

The Queen's Dartmouth, a Royal Ascot winner in the Hardwicke last June, steps back up in trip having claimed the Ormonde for Sir Michael Stoute last year.

Hughie Morrison has started the season in great form and runs Marmelo, already a Group Three winner in France this season.

The lightly-raced Crimean Tatar could be suited by the step up in trip for Hugo Palmer after finishing behind Muntahaa, who renews rivalry, at Newbury in April.

Ralph Beckett's Simple Verse, the 2015 St Leger winner, and the Charlie Appleby-trained Endless Time are the two mares in the field.

High Jinx, a classy stayer at his best but off the track for 747 days, completes the list on his debut for Tim Easterby.

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