Hugo Palmer Blog | Royal Ascot Day Two

19 Jun 2024
Coral Racing Ambassador, Hugo Palmer, previews his two runners on the second day of Royal Ascot, including Arabian Cobra in the Windsor Castle Stakes.

17:40 Kensington Palace Stakes – Victoria Falls

Victoria Falls is a filly I really like, and I must say she’s an absolute pleasure to train. It’s amazing that she’s got in actually, but she has, and she goes there with some sort of a chance. The handicapper has put her up 3lb to 78 this morning, and she’s going to be running off 76 tomorrow, and when you also take into account Connor Planas’ claim, she suddenly looks a very well handicapped filly.

This is obviously a big step up in grade for her, but she’s very versatile with regards to ground, she tries extremely hard, and she always runs her race. Whether that will be good enough to pick up a share of the prize money, I guess we’ll find out tomorrow, but I’m really happy with her going into it, and it wouldn’t be a big shock to me if she showed up well.

18:15 Ascot Windsor Castle Stakes – Arabian Cobra

I’m a little bit worried that the ground will be on the quick side for Arabian Cobra, but I do think coming back in trip will suit him. He looks very well at home, and his work has been good, so although he’ll go into this a massive price, I don’t think there’s any reason why he shouldn’t take his chance.

Maidens don’t traditionally win the Windsor Castle, so of course it’s going to be very difficult for him, but whatever happens at Ascot tomorrow, I’m sure he’ll be winning races before too long.

Hugo Palmer, Coral Racing Ambassador
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