Supporters of ante-post favourite Stratum can rest easy after Willie Mullins’ stayer made the cut for the Sky Bet Ebor Handicap at York on Saturday.
The five-year-old needed at least three horses to be withdrawn at the 48-hour final declaration stage and punters got their wish when Prize Money, Game Starter, Count Octave and Amazing Red were taken out.
That also allowed the Ralph Beckett-trained Mountain Bell to scrape into the maximum field of 20.
Mullins also has Whiskey Sour while further Irish interest is provided by the Ger Lyons-trained Mustajeer and Sea The Lion from Jarlath Fahey’s stable.
Iain Jardine’s Nakeeta bids to repeat last year’s victory while the top weight of 9st 12lb will be carried by the John Gosden-trained Weekender, the mount of Frankie Dettori.
Other fancied horses include Blakeney Point, Teodoro, Saunter and the Marco Botti-trained pair of Dylan Mouth and Crowned Eagle.
There are two reserves – Saigon City and Sir Chauvelin – which will be on standby should any horse drop out by 1pm on Friday. Interestingly, Sir Chauvelin is set to run in Friday’s Weatherbys Hamilton Lonsdale Cup on the Knavesmire.
Stratum also fared well in the draw made in the parade ring at York, being handed stall four near the inside rail.
The well-fancied Blakeney Point looks to have an advantageous pitch in stall two while Teodoro is next door in stall three.
Nakeeta is wide again in stall 15, having overcome stall 18 last year.
Platitude is on the rail in stall one with Fun Mac on the wide outside in 22 as the two reserves were also given stall positions.