Lonsdale Cup runners guide to Friday's 2.25pm at York

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Stradivarius vs Trueshan vs Spanish Mission looks set to be one of the highlights of the Ebor Festival 2021 as the leading stayers slug it out on the Knavesmire.

Stratum and The Grand Visir complete the field of five declared for the Lonsdale Cup at 2.25pm on Friday – and you’ve come to the right place to swot up on the runners and riders in the Group 2 contest over 2m 56y.

Trainer: W. P. Mullins Jockey: Ryan Moore Age: 8 Weight: 9st 3lbs

Took another big prize when landing the Queen Alexandra at Royal Ascot and has run well over hurdles since. Likely to be outclassed in this company, however.

Trainer: John & Thady Gosden Jockey: Frankie Dettori Age: 7 Weight: 9st 3lbs

The dominant stayer since landing this in 2017, completing Stayers’ Triple Crown in the same season two years later. Excuses at Ascot last time (denied a clear run) and remains the one to beat.

Trainer: Ian Williams Jockey: Richard Kingscote Age: 7 Weight: 9st 3lbs

Added to his fine Royal Ascot record when third in Queen Alexandra (21.6f) in June, and has remained in form since. This is too much for him, though.

Trainer: Alan King Jockey: Hollie Doyle Age: 5 Weight: 9st 6lbs

High-class, gutsy sort who didn’t need to be right at his best to land the Goodwood Cup readily last month. Arguably best with cut in the ground, but chance can’t be ignored.

Trainer: Andrew Balding Jockey: William Buick Age: 5 Weight: 9st 3lbs

Better than ever for this yard, winning the Yorkshire Cup here before shaping well in the Gold Cup at Royal Ascot. Tends to do well in small fields, so he warrants respect.

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