Palmer hoping for Best Of Days

Best Of Days

Hugo Palmer is keeping his fingers crossed Best Of Days can get his career back on track with a positive showing in Saturday's bet365 Stakes at Newbury.

The 10-furlong Listed contest – better known as the Steventon Stakes – has attracted eight runners, with the field headed by Brian Meehan's recent Gala Stakes winner Spark Plug.

The Godolphin-owned Best Of Days looked an exciting prospect after winning two of his three starts as a juvenile, including the Royal Lodge at Newmarket, but finished last of 12 runners on his belated return to action in the King Edward VII Stakes at last month's Royal meeting.

Palmer said: "It was a very big ask at Ascot and he was slowly away from a bad draw in a slowly run race. It was all a bit of a mess.

"In the end he beat nothing but fresh air, but he was only beaten nine lengths by the winner, Permian, so he wasn't disgraced considering it was his first run of the year.

"I think the run has brought him on. James (Doyle) wasn't totally convinced about the mile and a half, although the ground was too quick to really judge him I think.

"We're coming down in grade and back in trip and I think he'll love the ground.

"Having missed the first half of the year, this is another building block but I'm hoping he'll run a nice race and it will set him up for the second half of the season."

The Roger Varian-trained Mount Logan has performed well at this level twice already this season, finishing third in both the Festival Stakes at Goodwood and the Fred Archer Stakes at Newmarket.

The Kremlin House handler is expecting another bold show this weekend.

"Mount Logan has acquitted himself creditably on both starts this season and his best form last year came over this trip, on a galloping track, with ease in the ground, so hopefully these conditions will see him at his peak. He'd have an obvious chance on the pick of his form," the trainer told his website www.varianstable.com.

Eve Johnson Houghton saddles dual course winner What About Carlo and likely outsider Toulson.

What About Carlo was narrowly beaten in a Windsor handicap three weeks ago and steps back up in grade.

Johnson Houghton said: "He's obviously not well-in, but he loves soft ground and they're due to get a good slap of rain, so that will really help him. He also loves Newbury.

"He likes to get a real rev on during his races and this year he's in danger of becoming consistent. Before he's been a bit in-and-out, but he's been really good this year.

"He's a star man and we love him."

William Muir's Restorer has not got his head in front since the autumn of 2015, but jockey Martin Dwyer is optimistic about his chances.

The five-year-old was last seen finishing seventh in the Wolferton Handicap at Royal Ascot.

Dwyer told At The Races: "The ground was too firm for him at Ascot. I tried to challenge and he was hanging on the ground.

"This isn't an easy race, but it's not as hard as it was at Ascot.

"Any rain will help him. He likes a bit of cut in the ground."

Sir Michael Stoute's Thikriyaat and Arthenus from James Fanshawe's stable complete the line-up.

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