After winning five races in 2016 Ellaal has found it more difficult this year but bounced back in good fashion under Emily to win at Redcar.
"Typically weak form and it proved difficult to get into it from off the pace. ELLAAL, fully 11lb lower than for his last win, came back to form in the re-applied cheekpieces, tried once before in 2014. He managed to record back-to-back successes last year and will be handicapped to do so once again if the headgear works anothertime."
Racing Post, 2017