Talented four-year-old mare Alta Cinderella has won at seven of her 12 starts, including easy victories at her past three outings, but trainer Gary Hall snr explained that she is a problem pacer.
“She is her own worst enemy,” he said. “She is not a tractable horse and she overraces all the time. If she draws barrier ten behind a fast beginner, that’s an ideal situation. She drops the bit and settles down. But if she is left out in the open, she takes charge.”
Alta Cinderella, to be driven by Gary Hall jnr, is sure to be a warm favourite when she starts from the outside barrier in a field of eight in the 2130m Thank You Members Of York Racing Pace at Gloucester Park on Friday night.
Hall snr said that Alta Cinderella certainly had excellent winning prospects, but he sounded a word of caution when he said he respected six-year-old Blissfullabbey from the No. 1 barrier.
Blissfullabbey, trained by Chris Willis and to be driven by Emily Suvaljko, has a losing sequence of 18, but her recent form, including a third behind Mini Mine Yet and a second to Just Makemine Diamonds, has been encouraging.
Hall snr also is confident of a strong showing from Euphoria in the 2536m Better Your Bet With TABtouch Pace in which the four-year-old will start from the No. 4 barrier.
“It’s a difficult draw again, but if Whatabro leads and gets pressure from Al Guerrero it will definitely bring Euphoria into calculations,” he said.
Euphoria maintained his excellent form when he started out wide at barrier seven and raced wide early and then in the breeze when second to Manning last Friday night. He took the lead 250m from home but was unable to hold out the fast-finishing Manning.
The previous week Euphoria had a tough run without cover when a fighting second to Shadow Roll.