Luke Morris: "The step up to two and a quarter miles should suit Pallasator"PICTURE: Getty Images
Fancies not helped by Cesarewitch draw
FEW of those at the head of the betting for Saturday's Betfred Cesarewitch have been done any favours by the draw.
With a lower draw generally favourable, Tiger Cliff has been drawn in 30 while Domination is in 16, Oriental Fox has stall 20 and Lieutenant Miller is in stall 32. Big Easy is in 36, with Platinum in 21.
Ante-post gamble Smoky Hill is drawn best of those contesting favouritism in stall 14 while Sir Mark Prescott's Pallasator is in seven. Clowance Estate has stall two while Chiberta King, with Oisin Murphy taking 5lb off his back, has stall one.
With only one turn, a 90-degree right-hander, the draw is surprisingly influential for a 2m2f handicap and Pallasator, an 11-1 shot, has a lot in his favour and with rain forecast his jockey Luke Morris feels everything is right for a big run.
Pallasator, who was fourth on his only start at two, raced three times last year and remained unbeaten. He made his first start of 2013 at Haydock last month, finishing third behind Platinum in the Old Borough Cup.
Morris feels that run will have helped put his mount spot-on for his big target and reports he has been working well since. "I've been really pleased with him at home and there are showers forecast, which should suit him," said Morris.
"Hopefully he'll build on his run at Haydock. He has been in a proper race at Haydock the last day and you would hope that he would come on as that was his first race. The step up to two and a quarter miles should suit him as well."
It is perhaps also significant that Prescott has deemed the four-year-old worthy of an entry in next week's Group 3 Long Distance Cup on British Champions Day.
Capellanus and Aleksandar are the two reserves for the 34-runner, £250,000 heritage handicap.
On the same card Anjaal, Cable Bay, Friendship, Outstrip, Stormardal and War Command make up the Dewhurst field while Astaire, Great White Eagle, Hot Streak, Saayerr, Shamshon, Sudirman and Supplicant are among the 13 in the Middle Park.