Ebor favourite Stratum handed unfavourable low draw for Saturday highlight
Stratum, the ante-post favourite for Saturday’s £500,000 Sky Bet Ebor at York, has sneaked into the final field but will have to overcome an unfavourable draw after being handed stall four on Thursday.
The five-year-old is a top-priced 7-2 for the 1m6f test, but only one winner in the last decade has emerged from a single-figure berth. Blakeney Point, available at 8-1, is in stall two.
Trained by Willie Mullins for professional gambler and Brighton FC chairman Tony Bloom, Stratum has topped the market for the historic handicap since powering to victory at Newbury last month.
Punters were left to sweat on his participation this week, with the five-year-old needing at least three runners higher in the weights not to be declared on Thursday morning for the weekend.
However, Stratum, who will be partnered by Robert Winston, was able to take his place at final declarations and is likely to line up as one of the hottest favourites of the week.
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