Sir Michael Stoute will rely on Regal Reality to provide him with a second victory in the Sky Bet York Stakes.
The master of Freemason Lodge possessed a strong hand at the confirmation stage for Saturday’s Group Two, with Coral-Eclipse third Regal Reality joined by stablemate Sangarius – an emphatic winner of the Hampton Court Stakes at Royal Ascot last month.
However, with the latter not declared, Regal Reality will be a hot favourite to claim the feature on the Knavesmire following his excellent effort behind the brilliant Enable at Sandown three weeks ago.
Stoute saddled the winner of the inaugural running of the York Stakes in Best Alibi 13 years ago.
Regal Reality heads a five-strong field, with the William Haggas-trained Addeybb and Mark Johnston’s Elarqam set to renew rivalry after finishing first and third respectively in the Wolferton Stakes at the Royal meeting.
Addeybb has not run since, while Elarqam has since secured a fourth career victory in the Gala Stakes at Sandown.
Andrew Balding’s Bangkok returns to a mile and a quarter after chasing home Japan over a mile and a half in the King Edward VII Stakes.
The small but select field is completed by Richard Fahey’s Forest Ranger – who has not been seen in competitive action since successfully defending his crown in the Huxley Stakes at Chester in May – and Knight To Behold from Harry Dunlop’s yard.