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.