No “PP” but we still have the mud-loving Chatez at York on Thursday

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August 19

The forecast rain had Alan searching for the worry-beads with Painless Potter in mind, but the colt, who “never went a yard” on the easy ground in the Vintage Stakes at Glorious Goodwood, now misses Thursday’s Goffs Premier Yearling Sales race at York anyway, having produced a bad scope on Wednesday morning.

That just leaves the mud-loving nine-year-old Chatez to fly the flag for Barbury on the Knavesmire on day two of the Ebor meeting, his target being the Clipper Logistics Heritage Handicap.

Chatez will be one of the outsiders, but he is down to his lowest mark for six years (95), having been dropped 5lb after producing a third consecutive disappointing run at Haydock last time.

Not that it was that poor a performance as Chatez only started to flag approaching the final furlong, and, remember, only 16 months ago he won the Newbury Spring Cup on good to soft ground off a 4lb higher mark. Ignore him at your peril.