Just the one runner for Hugo Palmer on day two of the Royal Meeting, but here the Betfair Ambassador gives his exclusive thoughts on Escobar in the opening Jersey Stakes...
"He's come on since Sandown, and I'm very happy with him, but the Jersey is always a desperately tough race to win, and looks particularly hot this year."
- Hugo Palmer on Escobar
14:30 - Escobar
Escobar is a horse I've always liked a great deal, and he's done everything right bar a poor run when favourite for the Somerville Tattersalls Stakes last autumn. The initial plan was to take him to Newmarket for the 2,000 Guineas, but he galloped at the track, and again he didn't seem to like the dip, so we rerouted him to Sandown for the Heron Stakes, where he ran really well without getting the breaks.
He was a bit slowly away and had to sit and suffer while Ryan Moore set his own pace in front, but still looked sure to win when launching a run down the outside, only for his effort to flatten out a little, and this drop to a stiff seven furlongs should be perfect.
He's come on since Sandown, and I'm very happy with him, but the Jersey is always a desperately tough race to win, and looks particularly hot this year. Dream Castle was unlucky when fifth in the Guineas, and is obviously well fancied, but I suspect that Le Brivido's effort when beaten a short head in the Poulains should be considered stronger form. Either way, they bring Classic form to the table, and Escobar clearly needs to produce an improved effort if he's to win.
His owners, Fiona and Ian Carmichael-Jennings, live in Jersey, and it would be something special for them to be able to take the Jersey Stakes trophy home, so here's hoping they can do just that.
I just have one runner on Wednesday, and coming in the opener it gives me the opportunity to fully enjoy a wonderful day's racing, and I'm particularly looking forward to Sir Michael Stoute's Queen's Trust in the Prince of Wales's Stakes. She progressed rapidly last year, and was impressive when landing the Breeders' Cup Filly & Mare Turf on her final start. She was entitled to need the outing at York last month, and can put it up to the likes of Jack Hobbs on ground which will arguably suit her much better than her main rivals.