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PROGRESSIVE four-year-old Frontiersman is set for his toughest assignment to date when he tackles the Listed feature on York’s first Saturday, the<> Grand Cup Stakes.

The Godolphin-owned colt got his 2017 campaign off to the best possible start with victory in a competitive handicap at Newmarket’s QIPCO Guineas Festival.

With an official rating of 109, connections feel he is ready for the step up to Pattern company and look forward to him taking his chance on the first of seven Saturday fixtures on the Knavesmire.

Trainer Charlie Appleby said: “He has come out of his win at Newmarket well and the plan at this stage is to run at York.

“We see the race as a bit of a fact-finding mission as we are stepping up in trip to a mile and three-quarters and we are hoping that this might open doors for him in the future.

“He is a beautifully bred horse – I couldn’t be happier with him and I feel that he has got this level in him.

“As I said before, this race will, all being well, show us whether he is a horse to campaign in pattern mile and a half races or make up into a ‘Cup’ performer.”

It would be no surprise to see Frontiersman take the step up in grade in his stride and add some more ‘black type’ to what is already one of the best pedigrees in racing. By Dubawi, Frontiersman is out of seven-time Group 1 winner Ouija Board and a half-brother to Investec Derby hero, Australia. In addition to the Classic at Epsom, Australia also took the 2014-renewal of the Group 1 Juddmonte International on the Knavesmire.

Another colt, bred from the highest class, who could contest this Β£50,000 prize is Midterm, a son of Galileo and multiple Group 1 winner Midday. Trained by Sir Michael Stoute, highly regarded as a three year old, finished third in last weekend’s Al Rayyan Stakes at Newbury and carries the famous Juddmonte colours.

York favourite, Clever Cookie, trained locally by Peter Niven looks set to take his chance in a race that he has twice landed (2014 & 2015). The intriguing Harrison, an emphatic winner of a conditions event at Chelmsford last time out for trainer Mick Channon, could add further spice to the contest.

Newmarket-based Yorkshireman William Haggas, who enjoyed a fine Dante Festival, has two entries in Dal Harraild and the unbeaten filly Signe; as does David Simcock who could be represented by Curbyourenthusiasm and Goldmember.

Saturday will see a fascinating seven-race card and, as is always the case at York, there might just be a future champion on show. Two years ago, Galileo Gold, finished second on his racecourse debut in the Yorkshire Regiment British EBF Novice Stakes before going on to multiple top-flight success including last year’s Qipco 2000 Guineas.

The action gets underway at 2.10pm and with a bright forecast, the track have relaxed the dress code in County Stand meaning no formal jacket is required, though a collared shirt and tie, is still the obligation for gentlemen.

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No jacket required at York for Saturday 27 May

Given the forecast for continuing sunny and warm weather into the weekend, York Racecourse has announced a relaxation of its dress code, meaning that racegoers in County Stand are not required to wear a formal jacket, for this Saturday only.

Gentlemen still need to wear a collared shirt and tie in the premium area.

Those enjoying the lawns of Grandstand and Paddock or bringing a picnic to the Course Enclosure can dress in a more relaxed manner to suit the recent hot weather.

As every day offers different weather in Yorkshire, then for the County Stand dress code for the balance of the season reverts to its traditional; jacket, collared shirt and tie.


YORK’S eight time top trainer, Richard Fahey, is hoping to start the new season on the Knavesmire with a winning week at the Dante Festival.

The sizeable Musley Bank team will include Growl in tomorrow’s Duke Of York Clipper Logistics Stakes, Forest Ranger in Betfred Dante Stakes and the marvellously named, Brian The Snail, in the Listed British Stallion Studs EBF WestowΒ  – the latter two contesting their respective races on Thursday.

Five-year-old Growl, one of 13 in the richest ever renewal of the Group 2 Duke Of York Clipper Logistics Stakes, is making his seasonal bow and the recent rainfall won’t present a problem to him.

Forest Ranger faces a step up in grade and distance in the Group 2 Betfred Dante Stakes. He won a mile conditions race at Newcastle last month but this is an altogether tougher assignment with Cracksman, Rekindling and the unexposed Crystal Ocean among the eleven declared runners.

Brian The Snail, owned by Godolphin, will be hoping to add to his unbeaten career record in the five-furlong Listed contest in which eight are set to face the starter.

Fahey said: “The rain will have helped Growl. It will hinder others and help us. We’re very happy with him but it’s a very warm race. I’m sure he’ll run well.

“It has been the plan all year for Forest Ranger to go to the Dante. But it’s a fantastic Dante this year if they all turn up – extremely competitive. We’ve got a small outside chance. I’m a fraction worried about the trip because he’s a horse with plenty of pace.

“The race at Newcastle we earmarked for him and, as far as I’m concerned, came through with flying colours. We’ve been very comfortable with him – he’s a huge horse now and is going to improve with racing.

“Rain helped me to make the decision to declare Brian The Snail. I wouldn’t have wanted to run him over five furlongs on fast ground. The slower ground will help him. We like him a lot. It’s another stepping stone for him – the next level. But we’d be very happy with him. He won a handicap at Ponte last month, carrying a big weight and did it well.

“It’s a tough week for us if we don’t have any winners – it’s a great week if we do!”