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Hugo Palmer: The thoughts on my trio of Craven Day runners at Newmarket

Hugo Palmer will saddle three runners at Newmarket on Thursday afternoon
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Hugo Palmer has three runners on the final day of Newmarket's Craven Meeting, including one in the feature race, and here the Betfair Amassador talks exclusively about his trio of chances...


"If she's good enough to win here, then we will consider sending her down the three-year-old sprinting route, and there are lots of options for a speedy filly like her to gain black type."

- Hugo Palmer on Castleacre

13:50 - Castleacre

I think Castleacre could be high class, and she holds an entry in the 1,000 Guineas, but she's a filly who is always in a hurry in what she does, and while there is stamina in her pedigree, her homework suggests she won't stay seven furlongs, so it makes sense to start her over six in handicap company rather than going for a Guineas trial.

If she's good enough to win here, then we will consider sending her down the three-year-old sprinting route, and there are lots of options for a speedy filly like her to gain black type. She shapes as if she may have enough speed to drop back to five furlongs if needed.


15:35 - Gulliver

This is clearly not an easy task for Gulliver, who has only a maiden win to his name, but he has a very good pedigree, being a half-brother to Lightning Thunder, who was runner-up in the 1,000 Guineas and again in the Irish version, and another half-sister, Sweet Selection, won the Cesarewitch last autumn.

He lacked concentration when beaten on his first two starts, but broke much better in blinkers at York in October, and won well despite wandering a bit late on. The headgear helped him concentrate, so there's no reason not to persevere with it, while he'd had a setback earlier in the summer, and that was his first race since May. He's improved again, and his work has been good, while his pedigree suggests he'll be fine at a mile, so we are hopeful.


17:20 - Munawer

Munawer represents the yard in this handicap; he's another who boasts a decent pedigree, with his fourth dam being the exceptional racemare Miesque, and the family is full of smart performers. He made a good start when runner-up at Windsor over this trip in October, and then went one better in a weak maiden at Wolverhampton, not having to improve to do so.

His work has been satisfactory rather than thrilling, and he's not grown as much over the winter as I'd like, so I don't know how much progress he can show in his first handicap. His opening mark is no better than fair, so he looks vulnerable in a race likely to be full of improvers.


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