Native a York speed king

Stud failure Kingsgate Native can prove he is the real deal on the track by speeding to victory in the Coolmore Nunthorpe Stakes on the final day of the Ebor meeting.

Stud failure Kingsgate Native can prove he is the real deal on the track by speeding to victory in the Coolmore Nunthorpe Stakes on the final day of the Ebor meeting.

Since proving infertile the four-year-old has returned to training with Michael Stoute, although his disappointing return to action in the Golden Jubilee had some knowing wags suggesting the colt's retirement misadventure had irreparably dented his confidence.

However, a decisive performance when winning the King George Stakes at Goodwood last month wiped the smirk off the faces of his doubters, and Kingsgate Native can further reassert his reputation by trouncing all-comers on the Knavesmire.

Stoute's colt will face a strong field in the five-furlong sprint. Radiohead - bidding to repeat Kingsgate Native's feat of taking this race as a juvenile - the 'Greek Freak' Ialysos and Golden Jubilee victor Art Connoisseur are among the contenders.

But despite the rock-solid 17-runner field Kingsgate Native must overcome, punters can trust in champion pilot Ryan Moore to safely navigate his mount to victory.

Stoute and Moore can make it a Pattern-race double with victory for Glass Harmonium in the Sky Bet Strensall Stakes.

The three-year-old was sixth in the Dante, although he was only two and quarter lengths behind winner Black Bear Island.

He reversed the form from that race with two from that race - Freemantle and Voltigeur winner Monitor Closely - in a Listed contest at Ascot last time out.

That is exactly the sort of progressive profile which should allow Glass Harmonium to overturn his mostly older rivals.

Top-weight Classic Vintage should relish the test of stamina provided by the Sky Bet Melrose Stakes.

Amanda Perrett's three-year-old is already a resolute galloper who will appreciate the step up to a mile and six.

He was last seen winning impressively over 12 furlongs at Goodwood and has been hit hard by the handicapper for it.

A 7lb rise in the ratings should not concern connections unduly, however, as the son of El Prado is a burly sort of horse with plenty of scope for improvement.

Huntdown can add to the misery of Confront backers by relegating the Stoute runner into second in the Sky Bet City of York Stakes.

Confront was robbed late on in last week's Sovereign Stakes and more disappointment is forecasted in this Listed tussle.

Saeed Bin Suroor is in blistering form lately and Huntdown can continue the Godolphin winning-streak.

The Elusive Quality colt was second to the South African raider Imbongi in a Group Three contest at Newmarket earlier in the summer and will surely have come on for the experience.

Hanson'D has the pedigree to win the Racing Post Yearling Bonus Convivial Maiden Stakes.

Kevin Ryan's juvenile is related to plenty of two-year-old winners and should prove a diligent follower of the family tradition.

The Collingwood Team Service Knavesmire Stakes is a tricky handicap, but John Dunlop's Swingkeel has solid credentials dropped in trip.

He looks a progressive type and hails from an inform stable, while his third at Goodwood last time out was not without excuses.

Elsewhere the top selection is at Chester, where Walk on Water lines up in the Axon Resourcing EBF Combermere Fillies' Conditions Stakes.

Henry Cecil's juvenile won at Ascot on her debut and the form of that race is working out perfectly, with the second, third and fifth all recording subsequent victories.

At Salisbury, King of Windsor should manage a maiden victory in the TurfTV Maiden Auction Stakes while at Sandown Romany Princess can take the plaudits in the Furniture Village Celebration Handicap.

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