John Gosden already has 11-4 second favourite Roaring Lion aimed at 9-4 market leader Poet’s Word, but after a work on the Limekilns in Newmarket on Wednesday morning there is a chance the St James’s Palace Stakes winner could be heading for the Knavesmire, too.
Without Parole was a disappointing favourite in the Sussex Stakes a fortnight ago, and finished just over six lengths adrift of Lightning Spear when sent off the 7-4 favourite at Glorious Goodwood.
The son of Frankel, who is out of a Lemon Drop Kid mare, is a best-price 20-1 with Bet Victor for the York feature, and as short as 12-1 elsewhere.
“Obviously the Sussex Stakes was a somewhat muddling affair to say the least and we have him in mind for the race,” Gosden said. “But then he does not want to see much rain. He likes top of the ground.
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“It is looking like a very interesting race. We’ve plenty of respect for the opposition. Saxon Warrior and Roaring Lion have met before, bringing the three-year-old form there and then you’ve got some very good, rock-solid older horse form.”
Cracksman, who has not been seen since running second to Poet’s Word at Royal Ascot in June, is a third possible runner for the Clarehaven team, but with no significant rainfall forecast for York in the next seven days it remains only a possibility at this stage that Anthony Oppenheimer’s pride and joy will be taking part. He was withdrawn from the King George VI and Queen Elizabeth Stakes on race day by his trainer due to unsuitably fast going.
“It’s very much ground dependent,” he said. “I’ll just leave them in the race and then we’ll just see what the weather does.
“Anything can happen this time of year – you can get thunderstorms. So let’s just assess it – we’ll probably have to go quite close to the race to work it out.
“Roaring Lion is in good form. He did a public workout at the July Course on Saturday. We are happy with him going into the race.
“We’ve finally had some rain here at Newmarket and Cracksman worked nicely on the Limekilns this morning, just getting his toe in which he appreciates.”
Coronet is another key Gosden-trained runner at York – she is heading towards the Darley Yorkshire Oaks next Thursday.
On the same card talented two-year-old Angel’s Hideaway is in line for a shot at the Sky Bet Lowther Stakes, too.
“Coronet is pointing for the Yorkshire Oaks," Gosden added.
"It looks like it could be a very good edition. There will be some very smart three-year-olds and she brings the four-year-old form there. Angel’s Hideaway is looking towards the Lowther. She won the (Group 3) Princess Margaret last time.”
The final day of the meeting, Saturday, August 25, could see Gosden double-handed in the £500,000 Sky Bet Ebor.