A pair of runners in action for Hugo Palmer on Wednesday as he saddles Expensive Liaison in the Group 3 Musidora at York, and strong contender Summerseat Mist in the closing race at Yarmouth...
"It was only a narrow win at Wolverhampton, and she's been raised 4lb for it, but does at least remain in the same handicap band. She handles quick turf well at home, so conditions won't be a problem."
Getting some Black Type the main aim
She's obviously an outsider here, but Expensive Liaison has a pedigree, with her dam successful in listed company, having finished fourth in the Musidora herself, and the plan has always been to win a race and then aim her at an Oaks trial with the view to getting some Black Type.
To that end, the question with her was finding the weakest of the trials in terms of depth, and I'm hoping that a seven-runner race with no Aidan O'Brien representative gives her the best chance of achieving that aim.
She's a nice filly who continues to show the right signs, and I believe she can get Black Type, but it's perhaps not ideal that this race comes just nine days after her win at Beverley. All in all, we would be delighted if she could finish third.
Trip and conditions will suit Summerseat Mist
Summerseat Mist was sent to me by her owner on the basis that a filly of her ability has more opportunities here than she would in Ireland, and she got off the mark when winning on her debut for the yard at Wolverhampton early this month. That came over seven furlongs, but I think that's the limit of her stamina, and it shouldn't bother her to drop back in trip here.
It was only a narrow win at Wolverhampton, and she's been raised 4lb for it, but does at least remain in the same handicap band. She handles quick turf well at home, so conditions won't be a problem, although everyone seems to have been waiting for this sort of ground, and this race has filled much better than such races at Yarmouth tend to.