Hugo Palmer: My verdict on Silver Quartz in the Heron Stakes at Sandown
There's a high quality card at Sandown on Thursday and Hugo Palmer is represented by Silver Quartz in the Heron Stakes. Here is the Betfair Ambassador's take on his chances...
"James Doyle was very impressed with him there, and afterwards we discussed this race as an option, and decided that it might not be a bad idea to give him a chance."
Sandown 19:05 - A big step up for Silver Quartz but he's been working well
Silver Quartz is a homebred son of Frankel, and his owners have a sister to him as well as the mare, so it would be nice to get some black type with him. He's a horse on the upgrade, his work has got better and better all spring, and I've been very happy with him since his wide-margin win at Windsor the other day.
James Doyle was very impressed with him there, and afterwards we discussed this race as an option, and decided that it might not be a bad idea to give him a chance.
He's not yet qualified for handicaps after just two starts, so our options are to run him in another novice with a penalty or move up in class. This is clearly a big step up, but I'd rather risk him being beaten in listed company than in a novice giving weight, and a top three finish would be a good result.
We're up against an unbeaten son of Frankel in the shape of John Gosden's Without Parole, and one who has drawn an awful lot of headlines after winning in a very impressive time at Yarmouth. He is clearly very smart, and will be an odds-on favourite, but despite his presence, there are six horses rated over 100 by the handicapper, and he clearly hasn't frightened off the opposition.