Tate targets Longchamp Group 3 with Queen Anne entry Hey Gaman
Prix du Palais-Royal (Group 3) | 7f | 3yo+ | SSR
Last year’s Poule d'Essai des Poulains second Hey Gaman bids to go one better back at Longchamp on Thursday for Newmarket trainer James Tate.
Hey Gaman was beaten a neck by Olmedo in the French Classic last year and ran another fine race over a mile at this track when a close third behind the Simon Crisford-trained Ostilio in the Prix Daniel Wildenstein in October.
The Sultan Ali-owned four-year-old heads to France in top order having recorded a career-best Racing Post Rating when landing the Listed EBF Stallions King Richard III Stakes at Leicester on his return last month.
The dual Listed winner is a 25-1 shot for the Queen Anne Stakes at Royal Ascot next month and will be ridden for the first time by PJ McDonald.
Tate said: “We’re excited about running him and very confident he can run a big race. It was a career-best effort when winning at Leicester on his return and seven furlongs is his best trip.
“He loves Longchamp but the last furlong has seemed a long one on his two previous good runs over a mile there, so hopefully the drop in trip will do the trick.”
Nine runners will contest the €80,000 event, including last year’s winner and subsequent Group 1 Prix Maurice de Gheest scorer Polydream, the Andre Fabre-trained Urwald, progressive filly Spinning Memories and recent course winner Tour To Paris.
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