Palmer hopes for Best Of Days
View from connections ahead of the Juddmonte Royal Lodge Stakes at Newmarket on Saturday.
Hugo Palmer is very happy with Best Of Days (r)
Connections of Best Of Days expect the colt to put up a bold show on his first attempt over a mile in the Juddmonte Royal Lodge Stakes at Newmarket on Saturday.
After having made a winning debut at Sandown in July, the son of Azamour was snapped up by Godolphin ahead of an outing in the Acomb Stakes at York, in which he finished second.
John Ferguson, chief executive and racing manager to Godolphin, said: "He ran well in the Acomb to finish second behind Syphax.
"It was a nice progression from his run at Sandown which he won before. I know that Hugo Palmer is happy with the way that he has been working.
"We are looking forward to seeing another good run in the Royal Lodge."
Godolphin are also responsible for last-time-out Kempton maiden winner Bay Of Poets, from the yard of Charlie Appleby.
The Newmarket handler said: "He has come out of his maiden win very well and the form of that race has worked out well – although we appreciate it was only a Kempton maiden.
"We are delighted with his work during the course of the week and we feel he won't look out of place in the line-up.
"I just felt that he would be more suited to the mile than the seven (furlongs) in the Tattersalls Stakes.
"His work since his Kempton win suggested that he would be suited to being kept at a mile."
"It is an ideal opportunity for him and he will get every inch of the trip. I suppose the only thing that has surprised me about him is his disappointing runs as he is a horse we thought a lot of early on. He is a seriously nice horse."
Mark Johnston on Montataire
Aidan O'Brien will be double-handed in his bid to claim a sixth Royal Lodge triumph – and his first since Daddy Long Legs in 2011.
Douglas Macarthur spearheads O'Brien's charge but must attempt to get back on track after he was turned over as an odds-on chance in a Group Three at Leopardstown earlier this month.
The son of Galileo is joined in the race by The Anvil, who is winless from two maiden runs.
Coolmore UK representative Kevin Buckley: "Both horses come into the race in good form at home and both have come out of their previous races well and we are now looking forward to Saturday.
"There was no real post-mortem after Douglas Macarthur's defeat last time but we are hoping that he can make amends on Saturday."
O'Brien's son, Joseph, saddles Arcada, who beat the exciting Capri when opening his account at the Curragh during the summer and was not disgraced when third of four runners in the Futurity Stakes on his latest outing.
The first-season handler said: "He is fit and well and the better ground will suit him. I think the step up to a mile will suit him as well. He's in good form and I'm hoping for a good run."
Montataire has been a real money-spinner this term with four victories from seven starts, including in a Listed contest on his first try over a mile at Salisbury last month.
Trainer Mark Johnston said: "The form of his Goodwood second has not really worked out well but thankfully he put that behind him with a win at Salisbury.
"It is an ideal opportunity for him and he will get every inch of the trip.
"I suppose the only thing that has surprised me about him is his disappointing runs as he is a horse we thought a lot of early on. He is a seriously nice horse.
"If you would have asked me when he first ran would he be competing in something like this then I would have said probably.
"I just hope he can continue his upward curve."
The field is completed by the Michael Dods-trained Kings Gift and Sea Fox from the yard of David Evans.
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