Timeform Shortlist: York, Thursday May 18

2.20 Betfred 'Supports Jack Berry House' Handicap (2) 5f

Timeform Top Rated:
121 12. MONT KIARA Kevin Ryan Harry Bentley
120 10. GAMESOME Paul Midgley Pat Smullen
120 16. ORIENT CLASS Paul Midgley Cam Hardie

Analyst's Verdict:
Plenty to consider but Mont Kiara has dipped below his winning mark and could be worth chancing with a return to a big field in his favour. Soie d'Leau went from strength to strength towards the end of last season and should strip fitter for his return, while last year's winner Duke of Firenze is also likely to go well.
2.55 Betfred Middleton Stakes (Group 2) (1) 1¼m56y

Timeform Top Rated:
133p 5. SO MI DAR John Gosden Frankie Dettori
132 1. QUEEN'S TRUST Sir Michael Stoute Ryan Moore
130 2. SMART CALL Sir Michael Stoute Jim Crowley

Analyst's Verdict:
So Mi Dar did nothing but improve last year and, based on her physique/connections, there's every reason to expect more improvement and another productive season from her as a 4-y-o. She's a confident selection to get the better of the consistent Queen's Trust, with stablemate The Black Princess hard to completely rule out for all she has a bit to find on form.
3.30 Betfred Dante Stakes (Group 2) (1) 1¼m56y

Timeform Top Rated:
128p 3. CRACKSMAN John Gosden Frankie Dettori
126p 1. BENBATL Saeed bin Suroor Pat Cosgrave
125p 6. FOREST RANGER Richard Fahey Tony Hamilton

Analyst's Verdict:
The likelihood of soft ground is an unknown for a few of these, including Cracksman, but John Gosden's charge has looked a very exciting prospect when winning both starts and can extend his unbeaten record to 3. Exemplar won't be fazed by conditions having finishing second in a Group 2 in the mud last year, while Crystal Ocean has been the subject of ante-post support for the Derby in recent days.
4.05 Betfred TV Hambleton Handicap (Listed) (1) 7f192y

Timeform Top Rated:
129 11. MURAD KHAN Hugo Palmer William Buick
128 1. FIRMAMENT David O'Meara Josh Doyle
127p 2. THIKRIYAAT Sir Michael Stoute Jim Crowley

Analyst's Verdict:
Very competitive but it may pay to focus on the unexposed types, notably Murad Khan, who looks on handy mark based on his smart win at Thirsk last season. Thikriyaat, Chelsea Lad and Victory Bond all remain with potential and complete the shortlist.
4.35 British Stallion Studs EBF Westow Stakes (Listed) (1) 5f

Timeform Top Rated:
122p 3. BRIAN THE SNAIL Richard Fahey William Buick
114 2. ARDAD John Gosden Frankie Dettori
114 8. QUEEN IN WAITING Mark Johnston Franny Norton

Analyst's Verdict:
Brian The Snail maintained his unblemished record in some style at Pontefract last month, dismissing his rivals with relative ease in a smart time. He can take the step up in grade in his stride and continue the good work, though last year's Windsor Castle/Flying Childers winner Ardad and Jumira Bridge should ensure he is given something to think about.
5.05 Stratford Place Stud Breeds Group Winners ebfstallions.com Maiden Stakes (2) 6f

Timeform Top Rated:
78p 1. DONTGIVEUPONBOB Richard Fahey Tony Hamilton
77p 2. GLOBAL TANGO Charles Hills Andrea Atzeni

Analyst's Verdict:
The Charlie Appleby 2-y-os have been carrying all before them so far this season and Masar gets the nod to keep the impressive run going. Makanah, Vj Day, Taifbalady and Zap are other likely sorts on paper in a race where the market is sure to be informative.
5.35 Investec Wealth Handicap (3) 2m56y

Timeform Top Rated:
107 9. GRACELAND Michael Bell Louis Steward
105p 1. PARLIAMENTARIAN Charlie Appleby William Buick
105 3. SAVED BY THE BELL David O'Meara Patrick Vaughan (7)

Analyst's Verdict:
Graceland certainly wasn't winning out of turn on last week's reappearance at Ascot, and given she escapes a penalty for that, holds sound follow-up claims as she is unexposed as a stayer. Parliamentarian is a typical lightly-raced stayer for Godolphin who may yet have more to offer, with Mr Cripps completing the shortlist.
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