Just the one runner for Hugo Palmer on Day 1 at Newmarket after the withdrawal of Mazyoun, but the Betfair Ambassador is hopeful of a big run from Arbalet. Here's his exclusive verdict...
"I'm glad he's running on the first day of the meeting, as the ground is likely to be good by Thursday. Like a lot of Dark Angels, he's suited by softish ground, and has feet like soup-plates, so conditions on Tuesday will suit him down to the ground."
With Mazyoun a non-runner, my only representative on day one of the Craven Meeting is Arbalet in the Feilden Stakes. He's always been a big colt, but has really filled his frame over the winter and looks absolutely tremendous. He looks like a middle-distance horse, in that he's big and rangy, and stands over a lot of ground, and the feeling is that the nine furlongs of the Feilden will be ideal, which he's also indicated in his work.
The weather is lovely now in Newmarket, and set fair for the week, so I'm glad he's running on the first day of the meeting, as the ground is likely to be good by Thursday. Like a lot of Dark Angels, he's suited by softish ground, and has feet like soup-plates, so conditions on Tuesday will suit him down to the ground.
It was suggested by the Racing Post that he was a non-stayer when running poorly in the Autumn Stakes on his final juvenile start, but the time for that race equalled that for Galileo Gold when he won the Guineas over the same course and distance, and was faster than Frankel's Guineas. So, we we can assume the ground was faster than the official description of good, and it just didn't suit.
We've tidied up his wind since last season, as big horses are more likely to be affected by such issues, and he's been working well in a tongue tie this spring, so we are leaving it on for race day.
DON'T MISS: We caught up with Hugo for a full preview of the season ahead.