Frankie Dettori punches the air as Galileo Gold strikes at Royal AscotPICTURE: Mark Cranham (racingpost.com/photos)
Galileo Gold on right track for Sussex Stakes
HUGO PALMER has revealed stable star Galileo Gold is continuing to thrive at home as the trainer fixes his sights firmly on the Qatar Sussex Stakes for the dual Group 1 winner.
The Guineas hero has been taking it easy since winning the St James’s Palace Stakes at Royal Ascot under a classic Frankie Dettori ride but that has not stopped his physical development, according to Palmer.
“Galileo Gold had a quiet four or five days and hasn’t done a vast amount since Royal Ascot,” the trainer wrote on his Betfair blog. “He’s putting on weight and getting stronger by the week, as he has done for about the past year now.”
Galileo Gold won the Vintage Stakes at Glorious Goodwood last year and is rated a 5-2 chance for the Sussex Stakes, where he could renew rivalry with St James’s Palace second The Gurkha.
“We’ve had only one target in mind for him since Ascot - the Qatar Sussex Stakes at Goodwood on July 27, which his owner sponsors - and I couldn't be happier with him,” added Palmer.
“The rest after Ascot will probably have done him good, too, as he had three runs in Group 1 company in just six weeks.”
Architecture (yellow cap) still has the Irish Oaks as a potential targetPICTURE: Mark Cranham (racingpost.com/photos)
The trainer is mulling over multiple options for his exciting crop of fillies, led by Investec Oaks runner-up Architecture, who finished two places behind stablemate We Are Ninety when eighth in the Ribblesdale Stakes.
“We’re still undecided about where Architecture and We Are Ninety go next but both have the option of the Irish Oaks next month,” added Palmer.
“We would have to supplement Architecture at the Curragh though, and into the German Oaks, too.”
One filly not going for the Irish Oaks is Skiffle, who has had a break since finishing a well-beaten fifth at Epsom.
Trainer Charlie Appleby said: "She has just come back in again but there are no grand plans for her. We'll take it easy for the next month and she'll have options at Deauville in August."
The season has brought not one but two Classic victories for Palmer as Hawksmoor landed the German 1,000 Guineas this month and the trainer has described the filly as “a real possibility” for next week’s Group 1 Falmouth Stakes at Newmarket.