Sergeant on the march to York

Sergeant Cecil, who made history last year by being the first horse to win the Northumberland Plate, Ebor and Cesarewitch, is among 14 horses confirmed for the £140,000-added Emirates Airline Yorkshire Cup on Friday.

Sergeant Cecil, who made history last year by being the first horse to win the Northumberland Plate, Ebor and Cesarewitch, is among 14 horses confirmed for the £140,000-added Emirates Airline Yorkshire Cup on Friday.

The seven-year-old, trained by Rod Millman, made a pleasing seasonal reappearance when fourth to Mubtaker over a mile and a half at Newbury.

The Geezer, last year’s Dante runner-up when trained by David Elsworth, could have his first start since joining Godolphin. The boys in blue have also left one-time Arc runner-up Cherry Mix in the Group Two contest over a mile and three-quarters.

Collier Hill, winner of last year’s Irish St Leger, could represent Alan Swinbank, while the sole Irish-trained entry is Kastoria from John Oxx’s yard.

John Gosden has left in Day Flight, who made it four Group Three victories when taking the Gordon Richards Stakes at Sandown last month.

The Sir Michael Stoute-trained Distinction, runner-up in the Gold Cup at Royal Ascot at York last summer, could have his first race since finishing unplaced in the Melbourne Cup.

Percussionist, from Howard Johnson’s stable, will be out to go one better after only being beaten a neck by Franklins Gardens in this race 12 months ago.

Orcadian has been left in by James Eustace after finishing second to The Whistling Teal in Friday’s Ormonde Stakes at Chester.

Mark Johnston is currently three-handed with Brahminy Kite, Winged d’Argent and Hearthstead Wings. Jamie Poulton’s Land ‘n Stars and Art Eyes, trained by David Elsworth, complete the acceptors.

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