British Champions Long Distance Cup 2015

Sir Mark Prescott says he is a little worried that his charge Pallasator could face a disruptive start at Ascot this Saturday.

Pallasator is known to be something of a problem when going to post and Prescott feels that is something that could rear its head again.

A magnificent Group 2 success in September saw the six-year-old take the Doncaster Cup, beating another likely rival this weekend in Clondaw Warrior.

That victory gives plenty of credence to the belief that the Qatari-Racing owned horse can win again at Ascot in the Group 2 Qipco British Champions Long Distance Cup but his trainer is fearful that noise and occasion could get the better of him at the start.

"Pallasator is in good form after his win last time, but I don't know how strong a Doncaster Cup it was this year,” said Prescott.

"He can be a nightmare going to post and as the stalls are in front of the stands he got revved by the crowd last year and I don't see any reason to expect anything else this Saturday."

Despite Prescott's worries, Pallasator is well fancied and sits nicely at the head of the odds, with his 5-1 joint favourite take sure to entice punters.

With Andrea Atzeni on board Pallasator, Prescott must feel he has every chance of securing victory but it will prove a tough race.

The trainer also runs Amour De Nuit, with Luke Morris taking the reins, but it is the Willie Mullins-trained trio of Clondaw Warrior, Simenon and Wicklow Brave that Prescott will fear most.

Mullins is a fantastically shrewd operator when it comes to deploying his horse over the flat, given his expertise is mainly in jump racing.

Clondaw Warrior is the most likely hope of the Mullins gang, but Simenon and Wicklow Brave have shown excellent stamina before and, with no obstacles to take on, all three of Mullins’ horses will have their supporters.

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