Betfair Ambassador Hugo Palmer gives his verdict on the chances of his four runners on Saturday including Architecture in the Legacy Cup Stakes at Newbury...
"We're very happy with how he is at home and better ground will help - however it's riding at Newbury, it will not be as testing as Ascot, so he goes there with a solid chance, fingers crossed."
Hugo Palmer on Anythingtoday - 15:25 Newbury
Her three-year-old exploits speak for themselves, and she was going nicely in the spring when picking up an injury, so she's been off the track for a very long time. We're obviously thrilled to have her back in action, and she's is ready to go, and I believe ready to do herself justice, although it's hard to believe she won't do better once getting some racecourse fitness under her belt.
With the fillies' allowance, she is joint top-rated on official figures, and while she may not have the advantage of racecourse fitness, she is of course a fresh horse while some of the others have been racing all season. She seems to act on any ground, so conditions will pose no problem, and we're very pleased with her work, so I hope we can build from here.
She's the highest rated filly in my yard, and it's been a huge frustration to have her sidelines for most of the season; as any football manager knows, you need your top strikers to be on the pitch scoring goals rather than on the bench or the treatment table. It's great to have her back on track, therefore, and the main aim is getting a stakes win out of her, so she will be kept to listed/Group 3 company until she can win one, and I hope there might then be the opportunity later this year or next season to return her to Group 1 level.
The other positive about this race is the trip - she obviously stays well, having made the frame in the Oaks and the Irish and German equivalents, but she's yet to conclusively prove she gets a mile and four thoroughly, so I didn't think coming back a furlong would be a bad thing at all.
A son of Dawn Approach from a decent family, Altered Method will go with ease in the ground which he'll get here. He'll definitely improve for his first run, but if he handles Catterick, he should have every chance.
Anythingtoday has had a really good season at a mile and a quarter, and we always thought he would get a mile and a half, but the ground was bottomless when he ran at Ascot last time and he hated it, not getting involved, and he didn't really have a race at all. He's none the worse for that, and we've had this race in mind for a long time.
We're very happy with how he is at home and better ground will help - however it's riding at Newbury, it will not be as testing as Ascot, so he goes there with a solid chance, fingers crossed.
Mystic Meg is a filly who hasn't been with me all that long, having arrived after Ascot, but she made an immediate impression. She's extremely good looking with great size about her, and she'll make the most lovely three-year-old. She's by Camelot, a sire I have a great deal of faith in, and I like what she's done at home, although the usual caveats about first-time-out juveniles apply.
I hope she behaves right and runs a nice race, and we can then look to the future with her; she trains in a hood at home, and while she might not always wear it, I think it might help keep her calm on debut.