Ted Veale takes Betfred Ebor test at York
Last Updated: 22/08/13 3:16pm
Ted Veale: Takes Ebor test
Cheltenham Festival winner Ted Veale is set to make a swift return to action after featuring in a maximum field of 20 declared for Saturday's Betfred Ebor at York.
Tony Martin's gelding was a winner at Bellewstown on Wednesday evening, bouncing back from a disappointing effort on heavy ground in the Galway Hurdle, and will turn out again quickly under a 4lb penalty.
The William Haggas-trained Sun Central has been left at the head of the weights after stablemate Harris Tweed, El Salvador, Cambourne and Model Pupil were all not declared.
John Holt's Number Theory, David Simcock's Sheikhzayedroad and Sir Michael Stoute's Opinion are all towards the head of the weights.
Another dual purpose Irish-trained challenger is Jessica Harrington's Steps To Freedom, who was just touched off in a valuable handicap at Dundalk on Sunday.
Caravan Rolls On, Bishop Roko, Tiger Cliff and Guarantee have all been declared along with Genzy, who ran well in the Geoffrey Freer last week.
David O'Meara's Tropical Beat and Simcock's second contender No Heretic are still in the mix.
Among those not declared were the Sir Mark Prescott-trained Pallasator and Jonjo O'Neill's Well Sharp.
Roger Charlton has stated his hope Bishop Roko would be an "unlikely runner" unless there is rain at York. The lightly-raced four-year-old looked a stayer with a future when winning a decent handicap at Ascot last month.
He has been very well backed in recent days but Charlton has issued a warning that if there is no rain on the Knavesmire he will not be risked.
"Bishop Roko is declared to run in the Betfred Ebor at York on Saturday but he will be an unlikely runner on the current going and he will need the rain to arrive before his race," the Beckhampton trainer told www.rogercharlton.com.
If Charlton takes him out before 9am tomorrow, one of the reserves, Noble Silk or Itlaaq, could step in.
Ante-post favourite Opinion was handed stall five at the draw with Guarantee, in the same Highclere Thoroughbred Racing ownership, breaking from stall 19.
Godolphin's Handsome Man will be in seven as he aims to give the operation back-to-back wins after Willing Foe's success 12 months ago.
Caravan Rolls On (12), Steps To Freedom (20), Ted Veale (17), Tiger Cliff (18) and No Heretic (15) were all given high draws with Bishop Roko (eight), Montaser (three) and Saptapadi (nine) all breaking from single-figure stalls.
Saptapadi finished fifth in the race two years ago behind former Brian Ellison stablemate Moyenne Cornich but has struggled to recapture his form since returning to Ellison from Australia.
Kristian Strangeway, who manages Koo's Racing Club who own Saptapadi, tweeted: "Delighted Saptapadi has got in the Ebor. Don't go into the race overly confident but he likes York and if we ignore last time out, he's in OK form in 2013."