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Back to seven furlongs for Palmer's Home Of The Brave

Home of the Brave ridden by jockey James Doyle wins the CSP European Free Handicap on day one of the Craven Meeting at Newmarket Racecourse.
Image: Home Of The Brave: May have done better in the Jersey Stakes?

Trainer Hugo Palmer is to step Home Of The Brave back up to seven furlongs for his next start following his run in the Commonwealth Cup at Royal Ascot.

Winner of the Free Handicap and sixth in the 2000 Guineas, Home Of The Brave was sixth to Muhaarar in the new six-furlong Group One for three-year-olds.

"He'll probably go back up to an easy seven. In hindsight perhaps I should have run him in the Jersey," Palmer said.

"The horse that finished a place behind him in the Guineas, Dutch Connection, went on to win the Jersey.

"I don't know where he'll go next. He's in the Lennox Stakes (at Glorious Goodwood). He wants fast ground so he and Ascription won't run in the same race.

"He will run somewhere, maybe in the Hungerford at Newbury in August or something like that."

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Palmer has to pick his races wisely for Ascription, whose appearances are dependent on there being plenty of ease in the ground.

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"He's in the Lennox Stakes and he has won at Glorious Goodwood before, but he has to have cut in the ground so he's going to be an expensive horse to own as he's going to be entered everywhere," the Newmarket handler told At The Races.

"He's going to get a Maurice de Gheest entry. He's in a Group Three at Longchamp a week on Saturday over seven furlongs. It's currently hot in Paris and they could get thunderstorms, so it's a constant weather watch with him.

"He's a six-year-old and has had 14 starts. There's a huge amount more below the surface to that horse."

New Providence will take on her own sex in the Summer Stakes at York next month after being down the field in the Commonwealth Cup.

"She disappointed me a tiny bit. She perhaps did a little bit too much in front at Group One level against the colts. It just found her out a bit," said Palmer.

"She's taken the race incredibly well. She put all her weight back on within 36 hours and hasn't left an oat.

"She looks tremendous and all being well will head to the Summer Stakes at York.

"That was always the plan and if she hadn't run so well at Haydock (behind Adaay) we'd have skipped Ascot."

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