Newspaper article The Journal (Newcastle, England)

Have a Wad on the Boys in Blue

Newspaper article The Journal (Newcastle, England)

Have a Wad on the Boys in Blue

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Byline: Tanya Stevenson

PALLASATOR will attempt to justify huge market support in the valuable Betfred Ebor Handicap at York.

The five-year-old took an Ascot handicap in encouraging style last time out and is trained by Sir Mark Prescott who is no stranger to landing major gambles.

The five-year-old is clearly in peak form and looks well-drawn in Stall 22 but has to carry the welter burden of 9-10.

Furthermore, favourites have had a terrible record in the Ebor over the last 30 years with five of the last 11 winners starting at odds of 20-1 or longer.

Pallasator should make a bold bid for glory under the capable Luke Morris but he faces several dangerous rivals in a typically competitive renewal.

Lady Cecil's Retirement Plan showed plenty of promise when landing the Shergar Cup Stayers and should be able to defy a 4lb penalty in his current form.

Ted Veale was a decent fourth in last year's running and should go well once again for his shrewd handler Tony Martin.

Peter Niven's high-class hurdler Clever Cookie has taken well to the Flat and can build on his solid run over an inadequate 1m 2f in the John Smith's Cup.

Sir Walter Scott is unexposed after just four career starts but his trainer Luca Cumani has an enviable record in the Ebor.

He was a respectable sixth to Amralah in a Listed event over 1m 2f at Newbury last time but would not like too much rain.

However, my idea of the winner is WADI AL HATTAWI (3.50) who showed his liking for the Knavesmire when scoring over 1m 4f at the May Meeting.

Saeed bin Suroor's gelding went on to finish a good seventh in the Duke Of Edinburgh Handicap at Royal Ascot and should triumph under Silvestre De Sousa.

Several of the most exciting juvenile colts in training go to post in the Group 2 Gimcrack Stakes over six furlongs.

Kevin Ryan has a terrific record in the race but his Teruntum Star is unlikely to reverse the form with Musselburgh conqueror Fendale. …

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