Betfair Ambassador Hugo Palmer sends three runners to Newmarket on Friday for day two of the July Festival. Here's his verdict on their chances...
"I would like to think he can get back to the form he showed prior to the Britannia and hopefully return to winning ways."
Hugo Palmer on Corrosive
We're on a bit of a retrieval mission with Dukhan. Things didn't go according to plan in the London Gold Cup at Newbury, and we gelded him after that. We then ran him over a mile and a half at Royal Ascot, but he didn't stay, and so we are dropping back to a trip which we know he's fully effective at having run so well on his first couple of starts this season on the Rowley Mile. He appreciates the galloping nature of the Newmarket track, and a return to the form he showed prior to Newbury would see him outrun 20/1 odds, although he would obviously have to get back to his best form to be competitive.
Dombra runs in a maiden, which is becoming a rare thing in this modern age. He's unlucky to still be a maiden having lost out by the narrowest of margins at Salisbury, and he's both the most experienced runner in the field, and the horse with the strongest form. He's potentially vulnerable to a superstar lurking in there, which is always a possibility in Newmarket maidens, and he's not yet shown me that he's our next Galileo Gold, for all the good ones don't always show their star quality immediately. He's a homebred of the owner's, and I hope he could run another solid race.
Corrosive is a horse we've always had high hopes for, and ran him in the Britannia at Royal Ascot, but he got too far back before running on well there. That race saw Silvestre de Sousa allowed by the others to control the race completely, and it was a case of a masterful piece of riding one jockey and 29 others left with their mouths open. This is a smaller field and a slightly less competitive race, although by no means straightforward, and he's been in very good form at home since Ascot, and I would like to think he can get back to the form he showed prior to the Britannia and hopefully return to winning ways. He would need to put Ascot firmly behind him, but I think it's reasonable to think that he can.