Mondialiste to enjoy drop in class at York


London – Mondialiste can make the most of having his sights lowered a shade in the Best Western Hotels Ganton Stakes at York.

The globetrotting gelding has been a magnificent servant to his connections over the years, earning well over £1 million (R16.4 million) in prize-money and winning at Grade 1 level in Canada and the USA in the last two seasons.

His latest strike at the top table was in the Arlington Million last summer, since which he has struggled somewhat as trainer David O’Meara has experimented over different distances.

So far this year his form figures look uninspiring, but his latest effort when coming home well to finish fourth in the Brigadier Gerard at Sandown was a big step in the right direction.

He drops to Listed class for his latest assignment and the return to 1600m should not be a major issue as long as there is a sound pace, which there should be with his front-running stalemate Custom Cut in the field.

With the sun shining on the Knavesmire, Mondialiste will get his favoured fast ground and should prove hard to beat.

The most valuable event of the afternoon at York is the Catherine Kinloch Paver Memorial Macmillan Charity Handicap, in which progressive filly Carlton Frankie should go well.

It is perhaps a measure of the regard in which she is held that she was pitched in at Listed level on her debut here in May of last year and while that proved too much too soon, the experience was clearly not lost on her.

She returned to the track to break her maiden on her final juvenile start in October and has certainly trained on judged on impressive victories at Redcar and Nottingham so far this term.

Mick Easterby’s Carlton Frankie is a rapid filly with course form and remains open to improvement, so she ticks plenty of boxes.

O’Meara might also be amongst the winners at Sandown, with his Fashion Queen a likely candidate for top honours in the Randox Health Scurry Stakes.

The daughter of Aqlaam confirmed debut promise with victory on her second start at Thirsk last summer before failing to make an impact in the Lowther at York.

She looked all speed when making a successful return in a 1000m Listed heat at York last month and she will take some pegging back this weekend under Ryan Moore.

Plenty of familiar names contest the William Hill Scottish Sprint Cup at Musselburgh and Desert Law is fancied to come out on top.

The nine-year-old endured a largely disappointing campaign in 2016, but proved he is no back number with an impressive course-and-distance success here in April.

That effort looked to have teed him up perfectly for his bid to win the Dash at Epsom for a second time and although he came up short, he was not beaten far into seventh place.

The assessor was kind enough to drop him one point (0.5kg) following that run and he is dangerously well handicapped heading into his latest big-race assignment.

Impressive Goodwood scorer Short Call can give weight and a beating to her rivals in the totepool Betting On All UK Racing/ Fillies’ Novice Stakes at Bath.

Cashla Bay has a good opportunity to recoup the losses of her recent short-priced defeat at Leicester in Lingfield’s Commodore Kitchens Fillies’ Handicap. – Press Association.

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