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Galileo Gold in Champagne Stakes frame for Hugo Palmer

File photo dated 11-09-2014 of Hugo Palmer, Trainer
Image: Hugo Palmer: Eyeing the Champagne Stakes for Galileo Gold

Hugo Palmer is eyeing more big race glory with Galileo Gold, who was recently purchased by Al Shaqab Racing.

The two-year-old is one of 89 entries in the At The Races Champagne Stakes, 18 of which hail from Aidan O'Brien's yard.

Galileo Gold has won two of his three starts and Sheikh Joaan's operation stepped in after his most recent victory at Haydock.

Fresh from his first Classic success with Covert Love last week, Palmer said: "Galileo Gold is thriving and has been purchased by Al Shaqab Racing, which is very exciting for the yard.

"He is a big, leggy horse, who is just the type to get better with time, and has done very well to achieve what he has so far. He is very exciting and his next start will be in a Group race.

"He is entered in the Vintage Stakes at Goodwood on Wednesday and that remains a possibility. Other races that might be on his radar are the Solario Stakes at Sandown, which comes three weeks before the Champagne Stakes.

"I don't think he needs an ease in the ground. It was pretty fast when he ran the first twice and it had rained on fast ground at Haydock, so it wasn't genuinely soft. I think he's versatile. He is a well-balanced horse and moves too well to want really soft ground."

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Also in the Champagne Stakes are Birchwood and Shalaa as well as Washington DC and Waterloo Bridge, who hail from the O'Brien stable.


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