Hugo Palmer has three runners in action on the opening day of the July Festival at Newmarket and he's confident they can all put on a show...
"He will need to step up considerably on what he's achieved to date, but getting a rating of 94 after just three runs shows he's no slouch. I'm looking forward to seeing him run over further, and this has been his target since he bolted up at Haydock."
Caliburn won really well at Haydock the other day and has been in great nick since, and I think the step up in trip is tailor-made for him. He's by Camelot out of a High Chaparral mare, so both sides of his pedigree feature Sadler's Wells, who is the strongest stamina influence in the last 20 years, and he looks the part as well, being big and rangy.
He's the last of my three-year-olds to fall into the 'could be anything' category, and in the search for a top-class performer among the crop, he's left carrying the flag, so I'm excited to run him here.
He will need to step up considerably on what he's achieved to date, but getting a rating of 94 after just three runs shows he's no slouch. I'm looking forward to seeing him run over further, and this has been his target since he bolted up at Haydock.
Encrypted's early season target was a valuable three-year-old handicap at York, and that plan came off very well, but he obviously needs to improve again having been raised 6lb for a narrow win. He seems in the same sort of form at home since, and Josephine said to me after the race that he could have done with getting a lead for longer, and that he just idled in front.
I hope she's right about that, because if he was all out and that's as good as he is then he will struggle off his revised mark. I don't think that's the case, however, and I think he's a horse who is still going the right way, and York was his first win on turf, so he should have scope to improve beyond what he achieved there. Ryan Moore takes over in Josephine's absence, and I hope he can progress again in what looks a competitive heat.
White Mocha split Masar and Roaring Lion the last time he raced at a mile, and while that pair have clearly improved greatly for stepping up in trip since, White Mocha hasn't, disappointing over a mile and a quarter in the Dante behind Roaring Lion. He fared better in France last time, but again didn't convince at the trip, and so we're dropping back to a mile.
With blinkers back on and being played late as he was in the Craven, I think he could have a strong say in the finish, and I don't think he should be dismissed too lightly. His work was very pleasing the other morning, and I hope we can start to get his season back on track.