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WITHHOLD is fancied to continue his terrific form in long-distance races by landing the £1,000,000 Sky Bet Ebor at York on Saturday.
The lightly raced six-year-old won the Betfred Cesarewitch Handicap over two miles and two furlongs at Newmarket on his second and final start of the 2017 season.
In the next campaign the Roger Charlton-trained gelding won the Stobart Rail and Civils Northumberland Plate over an extended two miles at Newcastle, on the sole start in the UK in 2018.
Plans to run in that year’s Melbourne Cup were scrapped after finishing eighth in the Geelong Cup where he was later found to have broken a blood vessel.
Withhold showed his well-being when returning with a victory in the Class 2 Marsh Cup over and extended two miles at Newbury on July 20. He is taken to defy topweight of 9st 10lbs and land the feature race on Saturday where he will be ridden by Jason Watson.
“Withhold ran in the Marsh Cup at Newbury after a 269-day layoff, having had a tricky trip to Australia,” Charlton’s Beckhampton News site reported after the Newbury win.
“A lot of hard work and time has gone into him to get him back on track and it was brilliant to see it pay off. He has won three out of four races for us in the UK, including the Northumberland Plate and the Cesarewitch.
“He put in a very strong performance [at Newbury] on Saturday to lead the whole way until striding on in the final furlong to win by one and three-quarters of a length under Jason Watson.
“He has come out of his race well and has been enjoying some time out in the paddock.
“Potentially the pattern race for him later on in the year could be the Doncaster Cup given its two miles and two furlongs and he stays very well.”
In other news Enable led all the way in her last race in the UK to secure a decisive victory in the Darley Yorkshire Oaks under Frankie Dettori.
The victory was the dual Prix de l’Arc de Triomphe winner’s 10th Group 1 win and the John Gosden-trained filly is now odds-on with most firms to secure a record third win in the Arc.
Dettori was noticeably emotional after the two and a quarter length victory over Magician.
“I’m really tearful, because it’s the last day she’ll be running in England, so it’s special,” the jockey said. “She got a tremendous turn out and produced a tremendous performance.
“I know how good she is, and when I pressed the button she went.”
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