One trainer, one jockey, one horse and one race to watch on Saturday
Scooping big Flat handicaps has become increasingly familiar to Willie Mullins and the Closutton maestro launches a two-pronged assault on the lucrative Sky Bet Ebor this weekend (3.40).
Mullins is responsible for clear ante-post favourite Stratum, who looked a stayer to keep on the right side when landing the JLT Cup at Newbury on his previous start in superb fashion.Whiskey Sour, a Grade 1 winner over hurdles who proved his ability to switch codes to good effect by finishing a close fifth in the Ascot Stakes behind stable companion Lagostovegas.
The booking of William Buick catches the eye and with a cool £311,250 awarded to the winner of the Ebor, Mullins has every chance of taking the prize-money back with him to Ireland.
Daniel Tudhope has a couple of nice looking rides on the final day of York's Ebor meeting, and the admirably consistent Lord Glitters should take plenty of beating in the Sky Bet And Symphony Group Strensall Stakes (1.50).
He teams up with Sir Michael Stoute to ride Mekong in the Sky Bet Melrose Handicap (2.25), a progressive three-year-old who currently disputes favouritism.Suedois, who he guided to a photo-finish second to the prolific Sir Dancealot in the Lennox Stakes previously.
York is not the only meeting to keep a close eye on this weekend, as Goodwood also stages an interesting seven-race card. Archie Watson saddles Chessman in the 7f handicap (3.15) at the West Sussex venue and his colt looked an extremely unlucky loser at Ascot on his last start behind Burnt Sugar.
Chessman still retains untapped potential off a mark of 99 and with greater luck in running, the four-year-old could be extremely tough to beat here.
Andrew Balding's gelding was highly fancied for the Sussex before flattening out and should appreciate the step down to Group 2 level in an interesting contest.
He shouldn't have things all his own way, though, and Altyn Orda, who arrives off the back of a career-best perfomance behind the superstar Alpha Centauri in the Falmouth Stakes, could prove a tough nut to crack.
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