Betfair Ambassador Hugo Palmer discusses his three Saturday afternoon runners, as they prepare to compete at Chelmsford, Sandown and Leicester...
"She was originally rated 85 for her win at Haydock, but the fourth home that day, Feline Groovy, has won well since, and she's been raised to 89. I'd like to think she will prove ahead of that mark still, so expect her to be very competitive assuming she copes with conditions."
Can Labrega cope with unpredictable conditions?
15:15 Chelmsford - Labrega
A real frustration of the summer we're having is that it's limited Labrega's opportunities, and I feel she might have given Agrotera something to think about in the Sandringham if we'd had a wet Royal Ascot. She's still a work in progress, and I'd like to think she's a black-type filly in the making, but she definitely wants some cut in the ground.
We had her entered in the fillies' listed race at Sandown on Saturday, but opted to go to Chelmsford just because of the ground, which means we are stepping up in trip. I hope very much she stays and that she handles the surface, which isn't guaranteed even if they train on it at home; this will be the first time Chelmsford have raced since having the polytrack refibred, so it's bound to ride differently, and I don't know quite what to expect in terms of the surface.
She was originally rated 85 for her win at Haydock, but the fourth home that day, Feline Groovy, has won well since, and she's been raised to 89. I'd like to think she will prove ahead of that mark still, so expect her to be very competitive assuming she copes with conditions.
Cheekpieces will help Gododdin improve
15:55 Sandown - Gododdin
He's won over ten furlongs, but might be ready for a mile and a half, although it's a stiff test at Sandown, which will compensate, and I'm putting cheekpieces on to sharpen him up a little. He ran well at Leicester last time, but didn't really handle the track, and I'm very hopeful of a better effort here.
Can this morning glory perform in the afternoon?
16:10 Leicester - Burford Brown
It's fair to say that Burford Brown has disappointed me so far, as he shows a huge amount at home, but has yet to translate that to the track, and is something of a morning glory at present. He may want gelding, but we're putting cheekpieces on to try to get a bit more out of him. He works like a very good horse, but runs in somewhat contrasting fashion, and we need to marry the two up a bit. If we can, then a race like this should be well within his grasp.