PUNTERS behind Willie Mullins’ stayer Stratum let out a sigh of relief after the 4-1 market leader snuck into the final field.
The five-year-old gelding was the penultimate horse guaranteed a run in the race and was drawn in stall four ahead of Saturday’s valuable feature.
Stratum needed at least three horses to be withdrawn at the 48-hour final declaration stage and punters got their wish when Prize Money, Game Starter, Count Octave and Amazing Red were taken out.
The Tony Bloom-owned horse was followed in by the Ralph Beckett-trained Mountain Bell.
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.
William Buick will ride Whiskey Sour and he was drawn in stall 18.
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.
Saigon City and Sir Chauvelin were the unlucky pair and the two were first and second reserve respectively.
Interestingly, Sir Chauvelin is set to run in Friday’s Weatherbys Hamilton Lonsdale Cup on the Knavesmire.
Many believe it’s key to be drawn low in the Ebor, but recent history shows that a wide draw may actually be advantageous.
Nine of the last ten winners have had double digit draws and last year’s winner, Nakeeta, was drawn wide in stall 18.