Saeed Bin Suroor: won the Ebor with Willing Foe in 2012
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WHILE Pallasator is favourite to provide Sir Mark Prescott with his first Ebor winner since Hasten To Add in 1994, it is a team that have won the Ebor more recently that punters are focusing on with Wadi Al Hattawi supported for success.
Trained by Saeed Bin Suroor, who sent out Willing Foe to win the Ebor for Godolphin in 2012, Wadi Al Hattawi is 10-1 (from 12) across the board on Saturday.
He is third favourite for the York handicap behind Pallasator, who as joint topweight, will have no easy task and market reaction to the draw was negative, although the evidence suggests the widest stall may not hinder the chance of Pallasator, who has been ante-post favourite for several weeks.
Prescott said: “You need to be a very good horse to win as joint topweight and drawn out wide. It looks a big task. It wouldn’t suit him being wide because he’s a big, powerful-going horse and he’s better when he can just get in.”
Lady Cecil was victorious in the race last year with Tiger Cliff, and her Mighty Yar was the last to make the cut today. Cecil also runs Retirement Plan, another towards the foot of the handicap.
Clever Cookie’s unbeaten record at the track came to an end last time out, although the ground was quicker than ideal, and the Peter Niven-trained six-year-old is still lightly raced.
Only three runners were trading at single-figure odds yesterday, although big-priced winners are not uncommon.
Today’s key pointer
Luca Cumani has had two winners and a second from his last six runners in the Ebor and Sir Walter Scott looks a fascinating contender for him this year.
Courtesy of Raceform Interactive
Cartmel Good, good to firm in places
Curragh Good (straight course), good to firm (round)
Goodwood Good, good to firm in places on the round course
Killarney Good on both tracks
Newmarket Good to firm, good in places
Redcar Good to firm, good in places
Windsor Good, good to firm in places
York Good, good to firm in places
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