It's a relatively quiet Saturday for Hugo Palmer as he saddles just two runners at Lingfield, though he has good claims with Unforgetable Filly in the Group 3 contest...
"She's well drawn, won her maiden over the course and distance, and has the highest rating of all the runners, so it seems to be slotting together nicely for her, while the current quick ground ought to be ideal."
- Hugo Palmer on Unforgettable Filly
Filly looks right back to her best
Unforgetable Filly won a Listed race at Musselburgh last spring and then followed up in the German 1000 Guineas, giving us our second consecutive win in the race. She was then very sick before a planned run in the Falmouth Stakes at Newmarket, and was off until the autumn. She is a top-of-the-ground filly, and unfortunately the weather went against her prior to her return in the Group 3 Sceptre Stakes at Doncaster, while she also hated the surface at Keeneland in October on her final outing.
It's always been the plan to start here, although it's taken a little while for her to come to herself this spring. Even last week, she looked a little wintry in her coat, but she's there now, and she has been improving all the time in her training. Ideally, she'd have bloomed a little earlier, but her last piece of work suggested she is right back to her best, and she's just now ready to go. If all goes to plan, I expect to step her up to a mile for her next target.
She's well drawn, won her maiden over the course and distance, and has the highest rating of all the runners, so it seems to be slotting together nicely for her, while the current quick ground ought to be ideal. There is a possibility of rain overnight, which is always a worry on watered turf. If it's just a shower, then that will be fine, but unexpectedly heavy rain might put her participation in doubt.
More to come from Power now that the hood is on
Power To Exceed doesn't like traffic and trains in a hood as a result, but I didn't declare the headgear for her debut at Wolverhampton, which proved a mistake as she was far too free after a slow start, but still managed to pass a few rivals in the straight. I know she's an awful lot better than that, and I'm happy with what she's shown me at home, so I'm putting the hood back on in the hope that it will allow her to drop her head and race more evenly.
She isn't well drawn on the outside of the field, and a couple of her rivals have stakes-race form, so it's a tough task, but while she may not be a superstar, I feel she can go on and win races, and I'm looking forward to an improved effort.