Hugo Palmer: My Friday runners at the St Leger Festival at Doncaster

Hugo sends two to Doncaster on Friday
Hugo sends two to Doncaster on Friday
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Hugo Palmer has some concerns over the ground at Doncaster for his two runners on Friday but he is quietly confident about their chances. Here's his exclusive verdict...

"While he's been running over seven furlongs, he's a forward-going horse who will have no trouble at all with this intermediate trip. I'm very much hoping we can let him take his chance as he's on good terms with himself.

13:50 - Unforgetable Filly


I've gone on record before to say that Unforgetable Filly needs top of the ground, and we swerved the Matron Stakes at the weekend to come here, so to see Doncaster get three-quarters of an inch of rain on Monday was frustrating. I'm hoping the ground on Town Moor continues to dry out, and we've declared her on that basis; she is in the form of her life right now, but a penalty for her win in the German Guineas means her task is not an easy one in a race which isn't short of quality runners.

This is effectively a prep race for her main autumn target, which is the QEII Cup at Keeneland in a month's time, but given she ran such a good race on her reappearance in the Nell Gwyn, I'm not too concerned about going to Keeneland without a run.


16:35 - Aventinus


He will enjoy the drying ground, although that's a comment which applies to plenty of other runners, and it's been a shame that the wettest weather we've had this summer has coincided with the big festival meetings, Royal Ascot aside.

We missed an engagement at Ascot on Saturday because of really soft ground, and that would be an issue again, but I feel he'll be fully effective if the ground is on the easy side of good, and while he's been running over seven furlongs, he's a forward-going horse who will have no trouble at all with this intermediate trip. I'm very much hoping we can let him take his chance as he's on good terms with himself.


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Check out Ryan Moore's verdict on his runners at Doncaster on Friday

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