Hugo Palmer has just the one runner on the final day of the Flat season at Doncaster on Saturday, and here the Betfair Ambassador gives his thoughts on Vintage Folly in the 10f Listed race...
"She will get her ground at Doncaster, and she's the highest rated filly in this contest, and I believe she is a worthy favourite..."
14:40 Doncaster - Vintage Folly
It's not quite a year since she made her racecourse debut, and when she ran that day at Newcastle, we were told that John Gosden's runner was his most exciting two-year-old filly. We beat her a neck, but the other division of that maiden was won by a filly from the same stable called Enable - it's amazing how such things can be got wrong.
Vintage Folly has done really well in the intervening year, and I believe that she will keep getting better with age. She was second in the Musidora on just her second start and ran a great race to chase home Beautiful Morning in the John Musker Stakes at Yarmouth last time. In between, she disappointed in France, but she was heavily in season at the time, and I'm not sure she quite stayed a mile and a half that day.
We gave her a mid-season break as she needs a bit of cut in the ground, and it's typical that as soon as we did so we were hit by one of the wettest summers in recent memory. She will get her ground at Doncaster, and she's the highest rated filly in this contest, and I believe she is a worthy favourite; we hoped she was our Oaks filly, although that didn't work out, but she deserves to win a stakes race, and hopefully she can achieve that aim here before staying in training next year.
The worry with fillies at this time of year is that they can go over the top without warning, even in the horsebox on the way to the races, but Vintage Folly is showing no signs of that at home, and still has her summer coat, in fact. I'm very happy with how she looks, and she seems in very good form, so I'm looking forward to getting her on the track.