Yar has a Mighty chance in Ebor
The big betting race of the day is the Ebor at York (3.50), and Mighty Yar looks to have the perfect profile to land the ultra-competitive 1m 6f handicap.
The Lady Jane Cecil trained colt made it three wins from four starts when scoring at Newmarket back in May, running on strongly to beat Miss Marjurie by a cosy 1/2 a length.
The four-year-old looked sure to win plenty of more races judge by the manner of that success, but has had no luck in two subsequent starts and shaped far better than the bare result indicates.
In the first of those at Newamrket, Mighty Yar blew the start before staying on to finish a two length third of 14 to De Rigeur.
The son of Teofilo then stumbled at the start last time out in 1m 4f contest at this venue before going down by just 1/2 a length to the progressive Kings Fete.
That was a cracking effort in the circumstances, and a 4lb rise in the weights looks more than fair.
Mighty Yar has only had six career starts and remains open to plenty more improvement, and the step up to 1m 6f this afternoon and guaranteed strong gallop look sure to suit.
Another plus is that Mighty Yar has bagged a good draw in stall eight, and with Frankie Dettori in the saddle everything points to a huge run.
There are plenty of dangers in a wide open contest, and Pallasator looks the biggest.
The lightly-raced gelding is trained by Sir Mark Prescott whose runners always command the utmost respect in this type of contest.
The five-year-old ran really well when runner-up to De Rigeur at Hyadock on seasonal reappearance after 266 days on the sidelines, and then duly went one better last time out when beating Double Bluff by two lengths at Ascot.
The form of that race looks strong, as the runner up has since gone on to defy top-weight to land a hot handicap at Goodwood and the third home Glenard captured a similarly strong contest at this venue yesterday.
Pallasator gets into this contest under a 4lb penalty, and that means that the son of Motovator is 3lb “well-in”at the weights.