One of the feature events of the afternoon at Newmarket is the Group Three Abernant Stakes and Ebro River for Hugo Palmer is the leading player.
The three year old was a very smart juvenile, winning on his second start at Doncaster over 5f on soft ground and then backed that up in Listed company at Sandown in similar conditions.
He then went into the G2 Coventry Stakes at Royal Ascot and finished a good fifth of 17 meeting trouble in running and he tried to back that run up in the G2 July Stakes and was a very close fourth behind some fast horses.
After another fourth in the G2 Richmond Stakes at Glorious Goodwood, he put up a career best to land the Group One Phoenix Stakes at the Curragh over 6f.
Going up a furlong next time out at the Irish track he was a good third behind Native Trail and Point Lonsdale in the G1 Vincent O'Brien National Stakes and then Ebro River finished his campaign off at Longchamp, where the long season looked to have taken its toll.
He holds the best form in the race and although liking cut in the ground he has proven form on quicker ground and should go close.