Upping the ante
One could certainly make a case that Mark Prescott's reputation is slightly flattering - for all his talents and how intriguing he is as a person.
Prescott for many years had a fairly rudimentary way of getting winners: get them handicapped over grossly inadequate trips. He would often build up a sequence with steeds which were trained to turn out quickly over the space of a month or so.
Flymetothestars is one of Prescott's better steeds nowadays and he is appealing in the Betfred Ebor on Saturday week.
He looks the right sort for this handicap, winning two on the bounce before a fine third at Newcastle in the Northumberland Plate. He was 11/4 favourite then, and probably could have won if she dropped the bit more than he did, yet he is 8/1 for York.
On the basis of that performance on Tyneside, dropping back in trip will not be a problem for a gelding which won over a mile on debut. Of course this is a competitive race and, interestingly, Prescott has only won it once, with Hasten to Add in 1994.
Willie Mullins has also won it once, with Sesenta in 2009, and it will be fascinating to see what the Irish champion jumps trainer brings too. BET: Flymetothestars in Ebor, 1pt win 8/1