Hugo Palmer: The verdict on all my Saturday runners including Gifted Master at Goodwood
Hugo Palmer talks us through his Saturday team including a positive note on a final day runner at Glorious Goodwood...
"Gifted Master is a stable favourite who wears his heart on his sleeve and can be relied upon to give you a run for your money in the right conditions. His run in the King's Stand can be ignored as he's simply not a five furlong horse, certainly not at Group 1 level, and will be happier down in class at this trip."
Stable favourite primed for a decent effort
15:40, Goodwood - Gifted Master
The Stewards' Cup is a hugely competitive race, but there aren't many going there who can claim to be unbeaten in handicaps, but Gifted Master can after winning his only start in such company at Newmarket's Guineas Meeting. That came off an official mark of 109, and he runs of 111 here, but has the advantage of Jason Watson's sought-after 5lb claim.
It clearly won't be as easy to dominate at Goodwood as Newmarket due to the nature of the track as much as the big field, but he deserves to take a crack at it. He's a stable favourite who wears his heart on his sleeve and can be relied upon to give you a run for your money in the right conditions. His run in the King's Stand can be ignored as he's simply not a five furlong horse, certainly not at Group 1 level, and will be happier down in class at this trip.
I've been impressed with Jason Watson and am delighted to be able to make use of his claim here. Hopefully he can get a tune out of Gifted Master, and I'd love to think we can take some share of what is an enormous pot.
Ground concerns take Morning Skye to Doncaster
14:20, Doncaster - Morning Skye
It's a bit frustrating when a horse is able to win on debut but can't get his head in front in handicaps, and that's been the case with Morning Skye. He showed that he stayed this sort of trip at Haydock, but came back from Windsor a little jarred up subsequently, and found the ground too quick at Newmarket last time. I took him out of a race at Nottingham yesterday, and we're coming to Doncaster as it's where the ground has been softest, so I hope it doesn't dry out too much.
Dragon should fire on the turf
16:00, Thirsk - Dragon Mountain
Dragon Mountain stays well, and while he's shown his best form on the all-weather so far, he should be as good on turf, and just found the ground a bit quick at Newmarket on his penultimate start. He stays well, and has been unfortunate not to get his head in front. Hopefully he can put that right here.
Signs are good for Morning Beauty
16:25, Newmarket - Morning Beauty
Morning Beauty is improving all the time, and she appreciates quick ground, so has been loving the hot weather. She again proved very game when winning at Bath last time, having run well when second here prior to that. She seems very tough, and I'd be hopeful of a repeat.
Going should suit Mootasadir
17:00, Newmarket - Mootasadir
The going is important for Mootasadir, and he missed a race here last weekend after heavy rain. Plenty can change in a week, though, and with the hot weather back again, we should be racing on fast ground on Saturday. We've given him plenty of time since he disappointed on soft going at Doncaster, and his work has been pleasing. He seems to have settled down a lot at home, so we are taking off the hood he's worn to date, and I hope he can travel well through his race and finish it off nicely. He's always threatened to be a smart horse, and I think with time and patience he can still become that horse.
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