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NEXT weeks Ebor meeting at York has crept up on us fairly quick but I must say when I was riding this was my favourite festival meeting in England. It's a special meeting.

Royal Ascot is the pinnacle of the flat racing in the summer, don't get me wrong but this meeting is just a little bit more laid back and it's more user friendly and the Yorkshire people really are passionate about their racing and are lovely people. York is a fantastic track, a lovely town and a great track to visit.

As we sit here and write this we are all a bit in limbo as regards knowing if Australia is going to line up in Wednesday's Juddmonte International Stakes but I would imagine that providing his work and well being is good this looks to be the ideal opportunity and perfect race for him.

In some respects, Australia's position in the three-year-old ratings will be under scrutiny at York following the eye-catching performances of Sea The Moon and Taghrooda since the Irish Derby at the Curragh when we last saw Australia, so he'll have to reinstate his position.

The way Taghrooda and Sea The Moon have been performing over his trip you would imagine he'll definitely have to fight them off over the coming months and the Juddmonte would look an ideal starting point after his little break.

It would look, with Mukhadram's pace, that it is going to be a fairly run race and I'm not at all surprised to see Telescope drop back in trip and I would say this looks like being his optimum trip.

To me, Telescope looked like he over travelled when he ran over a mile and a half in the King George and the drop back is probably in his favour and you also have The Grey Gatsby, Arod and Trading Leather so it genuinely does look to be a high class race.

There will be plenty of quality horses there to search Australia but I doubt that will be overturned. He looks like a horse that has plenty in the locker.

With 8st12lbs being below Joseph O'Brien's minimum weight it will be interesting to see how riding arrangements work out and we'll get to find out who has more pull on Ryan Moore, Ballydoyle or Sir Michael Stoute and I wouldn't say it will be clear cut in Stoutey's favour!

I'm looking forward to seeing Kingston Hill returning to a mile and a half against Eagle Top in the Great Voltigeur and that also looks a real fascinating contest on Wednesday.


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