Betfair Ambassador Hugo Palmer provides the inside track on his four Saturday runners including Sea Tide at Newmarket and Never Back Down at Redcar...
"A Frankel half-brother to several winners from the family of high-class French miler Rajsaman. He's very much a three-year-old type, but a lovely sort with it and he's ready to start."
Hugo Palmer on Silver Quartz (15:15 Newmarket)
A Frankel half-brother to several winners from the family of high-class French miler Rajsaman. He's very much a three-year-old type, but a lovely sort with it and he's ready to start. The usual caveats apply with this being his debut, and he will come on hugely for the run, but I like what I've seen of him. Hopefully he'll learn something from the race and come on from it.
It's great to get Never Back Down back on track after he picked up an injury in the spring. His form has worked out really well (second to Windsor Castle winner Sound And Silence on debut, with Prix Morny winner Unfortunately fifth), and while it's a big ask running first time after an absence in a contest like this, I'm hoping he runs a nice race.
Sea Tide won her maiden at Carlisle and was rather unlucky at Yarmouth last time. Ryan Moore rode her there and recommended we drop her back in trip, which we are doing for this valuable race. Ben Curtis knows her having ridden her at Carlisle, and she needs to be covered up and delivered late as she was on that occasion.
If anyone can predict when Gulliver will win then he's a better man than me. His quirks are well known, but I'm hoping that running him around a bend will help, and we're putting headgear back on to do something slightly different to last time.