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Highest Ground can maintain his unbeaten record in the rearranged Al Basti Equiworld Dubai Dante Stakes at York. (stock photo)

Highest Ground can maintain his unbeaten record in the rearranged Al Basti Equiworld Dubai Dante Stakes at York. (stock photo)

Highest Ground can maintain his unbeaten record in the rearranged Al Basti Equiworld Dubai Dante Stakes at York. (stock photo)

Highest Ground can maintain his unbeaten record in the rearranged Al Basti Equiworld Dubai Dante Stakes at York.

While there may not be any clues for the Derby this year, Thursday's Group Two still looks like being a thoroughly informative race for the later-maturing colts - among whom Highest Ground fits the bill.

He burst on to the scene when winning first time out at Leicester last September, overcoming a slow start to win by nearly three lengths with the minimum of fuss for Sir Michael Stoute. The Frankel colt was then not seen again until a Haydock novice event at the end of last month, but it was not a run-of-the-mill affair because it contained John Gosden's Waldkonig.

However, he was no match for Highest Ground who made Waldkonig look decidedly pedestrian - which was no mean feat considering that opponent had chased home stablemate and subsequent French Derby winner Mishriff on his previous outing, coming home just over four lengths adrift.

While Stoute's colt did not beat him by as far, he could have done if Ryan Moore had wanted. Derby quotes were in the air, but Stoute resisted the temptation to pitch him in at the deep end, and he can be rewarded with a Group Two win.

William Haggas' Baarrij can take advantage of the absence of ante-post favourite Franconia in the Tattersalls Musidora Stakes.

Fifth in a red-hot novice even on debut, she was an easy winner from a subsequent victor stepped up to a mile next time out and going up in trip again looks sure to suit even more.

Roger Varian's Sardinia Sunset showed rapid early speed at Royal Ascot in the Queen Mary, and should find the EBF Marygate Fillies' Stakes easier while Mark Johnston's Maydanny ran much better than his final position suggested at Royal Ascot, and should be backed in the Each Way Extra At Bet365 Handicap at Newmarket.

SELECTIONS:

CHEPSTOW: 5.00 Vedute, 5.30 Dave Dexter, 6.00 Tuscan Oasis, 6.30 Blairlogie, 7.00 Barrington, 7.30 Ragstone View, 8.00 Triple Nickle, 8.30 Kings Creek.

NAVAN: 1.05 Brazil, 1.40 Dare To Flare, 2.15 Allez Allez Allez, 2.50 Elzaamone, 3.25 Half Nutz, 3.55 Primo Uomo, 4.25 Polly Douglas.

NEWMARKET: 12.10 Miss Jingles, 12.45 Nahaarr, 1.15 Maydanny, 1.50 Lord Campari, 2.25 Al Aasy, 3.00 Yazaman, 3.35 Meraas, 4.10 Enbihaar.

YORK: 12.25 La Trinidad, 12.55 Fox Vardy, 1.30 Ulshaw Bridge, 2.05 Sardinia Sunset, 2.40 Baarrij, 3.15 HIGHEST GROUND (NAP), 3.45 Desert Caravan, 4.20 Muker, 4.50 Solo Saxophone, 5.20 Fox Premier.

DOUBLE: Highest Ground and Maydanny

Belfast Telegraph