One of our best bets on the card at York on Saturday comes in the feature Listed Grand Cup over 1m6f and Israr for John & Thady Gosden has been crying out for this step up in trip.
Showing good form on his two runs as a juvenile in 2021 when winning on debut at Doncaster in a very hot Maiden beating the likes of Savvy Victory and Frantastic, he then went to Salisbury under a penalty and was only beaten by Wind Your Neck In.
A horse on pedigree that always wanted a step up in trip he got that as a three when being tried at 1m2f on his first two events finishing third on handicap debut off 89 behind Educator and then off the same mark at Newbury got back to winning ways in the valuable London Gold Cup.
Upped to 1m4f at Royal Ascot last term he finished a superb third behind Secret State and Deauville Legend to grab third in the 19 runner King George V Stakes, but then next time of Ascot finished last of three behind two nice Godolphin types.
Getting back to form on heavy ground at Doncaster in October after some time off he then bolted up in a Class 2 handicap off 99 but could not replicate it on his final run last season over the same C&D off 7lb higher.
Seen once this season when moved up to Group Three Level at Newbury when a short head second behind the talented Haskoy, the step up in trip will suit him down to the ground and dropping into a Listed event he can get back to winning ways for a yard in flying form.