Manifest bidding to move on up
Manifest bids to continue his climb up the ladder when he tackles the Emirates Airline Yorkshire Cup at York today.
The four-year-old, trained by Henry Cecil, has only won a maiden in four starts so far but steps up in grade again after finishing second to Harbinger at Newbury on his seasonal reappearance last month.
That sole win to date was a spectacular one, seeing him streak home by 19 lengths at Newmarket in August, and he holds entries in the Gold Cup and Hardwicke Stakes at Royal Ascot.
"He ran a really good race behind Harbinger at Newbury in the John Porter. We were pleased with that performance and we hope he is improving," said Teddy Grimthorpe, racing manager to owner Khalid Abdullah.
Purple Moon was back in seventh place at Newbury following globe-trotting exploits that had taken him to Dubai, Hong Kong, Japan, France and Australia.
Despite several fine efforts overseas, he has not tasted success over today's course and distance since the Ebor in August 2007. "He needed his first run at Newbury, but I'd be very disappointed if he didn't run well tomorrow," said owner Craig Bennett. The remarkable Nanton has his second crack at a Group Two after chasing home Jukebox Jury at Newmarket last time.
Trainer Saeed bin Suroor expects St Leger runner-up Kite Wood to put up a good show on his reappearance, while Wajir is the stable's apparent second string. Marcus Tregoning is hoping cheekpieces will rekindle Oasis Knight's sparkle following two disappointing runs this spring.
The fast conditions mean Furmigadelagiusta is unlikely to take his chance, while Clowance has already been taken out of the race due to the ground.