Hugo Palmer has already had a successful August with big-profile wins when his Gifted Master landed the Steward’s Cup at Goodwood and his Unforgettable Filly landed the listed Dick Hern Stakes at Haydock, and it could get better yet for the handler when his James Street takes his chance in the Group 3 Acomb Stakes at York tomorrow.
Twice a winner over 6f having been beaten a neck over the same distance first time out, he’ll take a step up in trip when contesting the prize on the Knavesmire on what will be the opening day of the Yorkshire Ebor festival.
“James Street obviously needs to improve and he has raced exclusively over 6 furlongs so far. I think he’ll be versatile on the ground and will improve for stepping up to 7 furlongs,” said Palmer.
The timing of his victories leave him poised to come north with more nous to his name than many of those that oppose him, which Palmer sees as a plus.
“I imagine that he will be one of the more experienced runners in the Acomb because the conditions for the race are that the horses have to have not won before the 12th July. He won on the 18th and has won again since, so he will be one of the more experienced horses in the race.”
His handler revealed that should the son of Gale Force Ten manage to land the spoils just after lunchtime tomorrow, he’ll likely be sent to take his chance in the £500,000 Dewhurst nearer home in Newmarket in October.
“His work has been very pleasing since, we think he’ll improve for stepping up to 7 furlongs. We put him in the Dewhurst because if it is to go right at York and he is to win the Acomb, then you are going to want that entry aren’t you?”