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Galileo Gold: will stick to a mile with the Irish 2,000 Guineas his next target

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Galileo Gold to stick to
a mile after genetic test

IMPRESSIVE 2,000 Guineas winner Galileo Gold will not step up in trip to tackle the Investec Derby, after trainer Hugo Palmer revealed a genetic test suggested the colt has a less than one per cent chance of the extra half mile proving his optimum trip.

Palmer felt compelled to consider the mile and a half Epsom Classic after the colt's length and a quarter success in the Guineas, but the result of an Equinome test conducted by scientists at University College Dublin have detered connections.

Palmer revealed the winner of the first British Classic of the season had been categorized as a CC. Explaining in his Betfair blog, Palmer wrote: "This means that there is a less than one per cent chance of his optimum trip being 1m4f and therefore, having consulted with Harry Herbert and Sheikh Joaan, I can reveal that the horse will not be running in the Derby.

"In many ways this is a relief, as if the results had come back a "CT" then we may have faced a dilemma."

Irish 2,000 Guineas next

Galileo Gold was a best-priced 9-1 for the Derby and is a best-priced 5-2 with bet365 for the Tattersalls Irish 2,000 Guineas - the race Palmer confirmed as his next target.

"Our priority is now to cement his position as a superstar miler and, all being well, we will now run in the Irish 2,000 Guineas, and hopefully then on to the St James's Palace Stakes at Royal Ascot," he added.

Palmer reported the son of Paco Boy had come out of the race well. He said: "I can honestly say that I have never had a horse take a race so well as he has his Newmarket run. He has literally lost no weight, hasn't left an oat, and looks a trillion dollars."

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