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Precision Break only scraped into the totesport Ebor by the skin of his teeth but his good fortune can continue with victory in the York feature.

Connections of the four-year-old faced an agonising wait as the Silver Deputy colt was first reserve for the race after final declarations were made.

However, the withdrawal of Munsef allows Paul Cole's charge to take his place in the field and he can make full use of the opportunity.

Seven wins last year saw him rise swiftly through the ratings, progressing from a mark of 59 to his current perch of 94 and he still looks to be on the up. His seasonal bow was nothing to write home about but he ran Manyriverstocross, who reopposes, to a head at Goodwood after coming from some way off the pace.

Precision Break was conceding 1lb that day but he is 3lb better off this time so there is every reason to believe he can reverse the form. Cole's runner has inherited a handy berth in stall eight and a bold show is expected.

Orpen Grey is the choice in the Irish Thoroughbred Marketing Gimcrack Stakes.

Although he will clash with top-drawer juvenile Monsieur Chevalier, Orpen Grey looked a classy individual when just finding Arcano too good at Newmarket last month.

Tom Dascombe's colt appears pretty progressive and while he will have to be on his game, a victory would not be the biggest of surprises.

TODAY'S SELECTIONS CARLISLE: 2.05 Beaux Yeux, 2.40 Cross Key, 3.15 Steelcut, 3.50 Bedloe's Island, 4.25 Blades Princess, 5.00 Soto.

FOLKESTONE: 5.20 Ta Aleem, 5.50 Golden Games, 6.20 Yarra River, 6.50 Hi Shinko, 7.20 Theta Wave, 7.50 Step It Up.

HAMILTON: 1.55 Benny The Bear, 2.30 Quick Gourmet, 3.05 Strathmore, 3.40 Doon Haymer, 4.15 Terminate, 4.50 Regent's Secret, 5.25 Our Girl Ally.

KEMPTON: 6.40 Speak The Truth, 7.10 Secret Queen, 7.40 Marafong, 8.10 Brunelleschi, 8.40 Teeky, 9.10 Flying Silks.

YORK: 1.45 Class Is Class, 2.15 Askar Tau, 2.50 Orpen Grey, 3.25 Precision Break (nap), 4.05 Singeur, 4.40 Burgundy Ice.
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Date:Aug 19, 2009
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