Hugo Palmer: The thoughts on my runner Fajjaj at Ayr on Sunday

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Hugo Palmer has one runner at Ayr on Sunday
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Just the one runner for Hugo Palmer on Sunday, and here the Betfair Ambassador gives his views on Fajjaj in the opening race at Ayr...

"That seems to have worked with only two opponents, and hopefully he can win with the minimum of fuss, although I'd expect his odds to be fairly prohibitive."

Hoping for a straightforward task to gain some confidence

13:30 Ayr - Fajjaj

Fajjaj is going all the way up to Ayr where he should enjoy the fast ground. He got no run at all at Ascot where he was badly drawn, got buried away, couldn't get a run through and didn't really have a race. This is his last chance to run in a novice as the rules change on Monday meaning that winners with three runs or more are no longer eligible to run in such races.

Rather like we did with Arbalet at Carlisle, I'm keen to find a weak race in which he can gain some confidence. He ran very well in the German Guineas, but was beaten there, and had an unfortunate run at Ascot, which can sometimes take it out of them, so I want him to feel good about himself again, and this looks an ideal opportunity.

The idea of putting him in here is that very few would want to take him on given his official mark (107), being fearful of how the handicapper would react if finishing close to him. That seems to have worked with only two opponents, and hopefully he can win with the minimum of fuss, although I'd expect his odds to be fairly prohibitive.

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