Sweetspots: Palmer’s Power can strike in first-time hood at Bath
When Mark Grant rides for Julian Smith at Market Rasen, the pair combine for an impressive 43 per cent strike-rate in the past five years. The 13-year-old Iona Days can roll back the years for the pair with conditions to suit in the 4.45.
In the past two years, Hugo Palmer’s overall strike-rate improves from 16 per cent to 35 per cent when a hood is applied for the first time. Power To Exceed, who debuts the headgear, goes in the 8.30 at Bath – a track where the trainer has had five winners from just nine runners.
Medburn Dream goes in the 2.35 at Epsom for trainer Peter Hedger, who has saddled three winners from just six runners at the track. Jockey Franny Norton has ridden the five-year-old gelding to victory three times from just four rides.