Escobar set for a big run

Trainer Hugo Palmer is hoping that Escobar can extend the unbeaten start to his career to three races when he faces seven rivals in an intriguing renewal of the Group Three Tattersalls Stakes.

Escobar will put his unbeaten record on the line at Newmarket

The field for this £50,000 seven furlong contest for two-year-old colts and geldings, which is registered as the Somerville Stakes, includes a number of possible stars of the future as the three-day Cambridgeshire meeting gets under way at Newmarket's Rowley Mile Racecourse on Thursday.
Top of that list would be Escobar, a son of Famous Name who hasn't put a foot wrong during two outings over this trip at Newbury, when beating a big field of maidens and then when landing the Listed Washington Singer Stakes by a length and a quarter and trainer Hugo Palmer believes there's more to come.

"I think and hope that Escobar is improving all the time," he said.

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"We have been very pleased with his work and what he shows us at home makes me hopeful of a very big run in the Tattersalls Stakes.

"He is very much a horse for next year and has lots of speed, like most good horses do.

"The dream is that he will make up into a Guineas horse for next season and he is entered in the Derby too – I would love to find ourselves in the position at some point in the future where we need to find out if he stays a mile and a half.

"He is a decent ground horse and I would hate to see it get soft before Thursday."

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