Crystal Ocean faces eight in International prize

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Crystal Ocean heads a field of nine declared for the Juddmonte International at York on Wednesday. By P.A

The five-year-old, winner of the Prince of Wales’s Stakes at Royal Ascot, returns to a mile and a quarter after just losing out to Enable in an epic duel for the King George VI And Queen Elizabeth Stakes.

The son of Sea The Stars is likely to start a warm favourite to add to his trainer Sir Michael Stoute’s record tally of six wins in the Knavesmire showpiece.

Regal Reality is another contender for Sir Michael Stoute
Regal Reality is another contender for Sir Michael Stoute (Adam Davy/PA)

Stoute also runs Regal Reality, who was third to Enable in the Eclipse and fourth to Elarqam in the Group Two Sky Bet Stakes over this course and distance last month. 

Elarqam, trained by Mark Johnston, bids for glory having been supplemented at a cost of £75,000.

Aidan O’Brien is two-handed with Grand Prix de Paris victor Japan and Circus Maximus, runner-up to Too Darn Hot in the Sussex Stakes and earlier winner of the St James’s Palace Stakes at Royal Ascot.

King Of Comedy, second that day, represents the formidable John Gosden stable while David Menuisier’s Thundering Blue will try to replicate the effort that saw him take third place 12 months ago.

International flavour is supplied by the Japanese runner Cheval Grand, who was not disgraced when sixth to Enable in the King George on unsuitably soft ground.

The David O’Meara-trained Queen Anne Stakes winner Lord Glitters completes the line-up.

Enable was withdrawn, as expected, to wait for the Darley Yorkshire Oaks on Thursday. 

The other two horses taken out at the 48-hour final declaration stage were the O’Brien-trained pair of Magical and Anthony Van Dyck.

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17:52

Tampa Bay Downs

Lem Me Tel Ya To Win

He has won four times from 6f to 7f. A winner at 14-1 at Tampa Bay Downs over 6f on his latest outing last month, beating Resident. Expect another bold showing.

18:48

Tampa Bay Downs

Kalu To Win

Successful twice at 6f. Won on his latest outing when 11-10fav at Tampa Bay Downs over 6f last month, beating Minnesota Lucky. Another bold bid from the front beckons as he drops in class.

19:19

Tampa Bay Downs

Majestic Melody To Win

Won on his latest outing when 2-5fav at Tampa Bay Downs over 7f in February last year, beating Alfred The Great. The absence has to be a worry, but his stable is in form.

19:50

Tampa Bay Downs

Classy Of Course To Win

Successful twice at 1m on good ground. A winner at 5-1 at Tampa Bay Downs over 1m (good) on her latest outing last month, beating Don’t Fight by 3 1/2l. Expected to give another good account from on or near the pace.

20:20

Tampa Bay Downs

Speeding Starlet To Win

Winner of five races at 1m. Third of 7 behind Scarlet Bow beaten at 2-1 on her latest outing at Tampa Bay Downs over 1m in February. Having her first run for a new stable today, previously with Gerald Bennett. Goes well at this venue and a bold bid seems assured.

20:51

Tampa Bay Downs

Jais’s Solitude To Win

He has won three times from 7f to 1m 4f on good ground. Beaten 6l behind March To The Arch at 8-1 when last of 9 on his latest outing at Gulfstream over 1m (good) in January. Drops significantly in grade and it will be disappointing if he fails to make his presence felt.

Returns and odds correct at time of publishing.