Pallasator boosted his claims for the Betfred Ebor with an emphatic victory in the GL Events Owen Brown Handicap at Ascot yesterday.
Mark Prescott’s imposing five-year-old loomed up menacingly alongside long-timer Double Bluff and stormed away in the last half a furlong to score by two lengths.
Bookmakers were impressed, with Paddy Power cutting Pallasator to 8-1 favourite, from 12s, for the prestigious York handicap on August 23.
“He will run in the Ebor, in which I have an adequate record,” Prescott said of the 3-1 scorer.
“He’ll get a penalty, which he could have done without, but he’s a good horse who is entitled to go there and deserves the entry.
“I don’t think the ground matters now that he’s an older horse.”
Growl (10-1) earned quotes of 33-1 for the Qipco 2000 Guineas after he put up a pleasing performance on his debut to take the Anders Foundation EBF Stallions Crocker Bulteel Maiden Stakes.
Jimmy Fortune brought Brian Meehan’s charge into the six-furlong heat after Flash Fire had made the running and the Oasis Dream colt kicked two lengths clear.
Auspicion made late progress after a tardy start to claim second place by a head from Flash Fire.
“He’s always worked well and I think he’s a very good horse,” said Meehan.
“I wouldn’t be at all afraid of going for the Champagne Stakes (Doncaster), but I will have to discuss it with the owner (Lady Rothschild).”
Fyrecracker (7-1) looked a sprinter going places with a likeable performance in the Watch On 3 Devices racinguk.com/anywhere Handicap.
William Buick brought Marcus Tregoning’s lightly-raced three-year-old to lead inside the final furlong and defeated the staying-on Smart Salute by a length and a quarter, with Newton’s Law third.
“He’s still quite backward and wants top of the ground,” Tregoning told Racing UK.
“He came out of Bath really well, but we won’t race him too much this year. William (Buick) was quite bullish about him and I like that.
Buick completed a double on 4-9 favourite Solar Magic for his boss, John Gosden, in the Antidote Maiden Fillies’ Stakes.
The Cheveley Park-owned filly got off the mark at the third attempt as she outpointed Blue Waltz by three and a quarter lengths.
Redkirk (4-1) burst through a gap near the far rail to decide the Mitie Events & Leisure Handicap and make it two wins from two starts.
Seb Sanders, having his only ride of the day, took the chance on William Haggas’ charge to get the better of Agent Murphy by three-quarters of a length.
“I thought, on the evidence of his win at Yarmouth, a rating of 88 was way too high, but the handicapper appears to be right and I’m wrong,” said Haggas.
“The horse did well to win and I’m delighted. I didn’t want him to lead and I told Seb to ride him for luck, if you want. He did and gave him a beautiful ride.”
Racy, trained by Brian Ellison and ridden by Paul Pickard, then caught most punters on the hop with a 20-1 shocker in the concluding SIS Live Handicap.
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