Hugo Palmer has three runners on the final day of the July Festival at Newmarket plus a strong chance at Chester on Saturday, and here the Betfair Ambassador talks exclusively about them all...
"A mile is his trip, he loves fast ground, and he's run very well at Newmarket before, albeit on the Rowley Mile, so everything seems in place for a big run."
Hugo Palmer on Curiosity
14:50 Newmarket - Miss Serenity
She's a homebred filly of the owner's, a very attractive filly who has pleased me at home, and I think she will run a nice race. She's a filly first time out, though, so it's important that it all happens quite naturally for her and she won't be given a terribly hard time. Her owner always comes over for the July Meeting, as it's such a lovely meeting to attend, and I try to ensure that I can find suitable races here for as many of his horses as we can.
In an absolutely ideal world, and if we were determined to make a winning start, then another week or 10 days would have been perfect for Miss Serenity, but she is ready enough to start, and this is a good opportunity for her debut. It's a very busy Saturday, so I'm grateful that Donnacha O'Brien has made himself available to ride. He's pretty much limited himself to riding only for his father and his brother these days, so he's taking a rare outside ride here, and I hope she can give him a good one. She's got a future.
15:20 Newmarket - Curiosity
Curiosity comes here having contested the Britannia, where James McDonald was the first jockey to grasp what Silvestre de Sousa was doing and finished second as a result. He's up 3lb for that, which doesn't seem too arduous, and he's been in particularly good form since, so I hope that he can reproduce what he did at Ascot, which would see him go very close. A mile is his trip, he loves fast ground, and he's run very well at Newmarket before, albeit on the Rowley Mile, so everything seems in place for a big run.
16:30 Newmarket - Morning Skye
Morning Skye came back from Windsor last time a little jarred up, and took a few days to get over it, but he seems much better now and is ready to go again. His best effort came when second at Haydock on his penultimate outing, and a mile and a half definitely appears his trip. This looks a competitive race despite only having six runners, but he has a nice low weight.
Unfortunately Josie is still out as that would pose no problem for her, but Danny Brock is a hard worker and deserves the chances which fall his way, and Morning Skye is a big, strong horse who might just feel he's loose with such a light weight.
15:15 Chester - Arbalet
Arbalet ran a career best in the Jersey Stakes at Royal Ascot, and he's nicely drawn here, which is key around Chester. That should help him slot into a nice position, and with the run of things I'd hope he could build on what he achieved last time. If you strip out his runs at Newmarket, which we've concluded he hates, then his record is that of a progressive performer.