Trainer Hugo Palmer is confident Dubawi Legend (16/1 – 2000 Guineas Outright) can impress in the 2000 Guineas at Newmarket on Saturday despite the presence of some very impressive rivals.
The three-year-old is hoping to make further strides in 2022 after an encouraging first year of racing.
He won on his racecourse debut at Doncaster in July and was then a third-place finisher in his first Group race in York a month later.
Group One came calling via the Dewhurst Stakes and he finished only two lengths adrift of Charlie Appleby’s Native Trail (EVS Fav – 2000 Guineas Outright), who is the hot favourite to win Saturday’s race – the first Classic of the year.
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Dubawi Legend was a champion juvenile last year and as well as the Dewhurst Stakes, he picked up further wins at Sandown and the Curragh.
Earlier this month, the unbeaten three-year-old stepped up to a mile in winning the Group Three Craven Stakes at Newmarket and he is well-placed to have a strong race.
However, Palmer – a winning trainer of the race in 2016 with Galileo Gold – is confident his charge can land victory on Saturday.
“His turn of foot and his change of gear is what’s exciting about him,” said Palmer. “On a rating of 115, he was the joint second-highest-rated two-year-old in Europe. Galileo Gold at the same stage was rated 110, so he is the best two-year-old I’ve trained without a doubt.
“He only has to improve 10 per cent and we’re right there on the premises.”
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