Galileo Gold: wins the St James’s Palace Stakes under Frankie Dettori
PICTURE: Mark Cranham (racingpost.com/photos)
By Tom Park 4:29PM 14 JUN 2016
Report: Royal Ascot, Tuesday
St James’s Palace Stakes (Group 1) 1m, 3yo
IN WHAT was billed as the clash of the 2,000 Guineas winners, Galileo Gold came out on top under Frankie Dettori to stamp his authority on Classic generation with a dazzling performance.
The Newmarket Classic winner, trained by Hugo Palmer, travelled like a dream and kicked away from his rivals inside the final two furlongs to score at 6-1, with the 4-5 favourite and French Guineas winner The Gurkha in second, and the Irish Guineas conqueror Awtaad in third.
‘A magnificent ride’
It was an inspired ride from Dettori, who managed to grab the rail despite having the widest draw as he settled in second place behind the pacemaker Cymric throughout the early stages of the contest, and Palmer was full of praise for his rider.
“It was a tough challenge, he got the most magnificent ride from the widest draw,” said the trainer. “It’s fair to say he’s the best three-year-old colt in Europe.”
The Gurkha and Awtaad were slightly slow out of the stalls. In contrast, Galileo Gold was very slick, allowing Dettori to guide his mount over to grab the inside rail and the jockey admitted: “Everything went to plan – I managed to get first run on the other two.”
Cut for Sussex
Bookmakers were impressed by the son of Paco Boy’s performance with Paddy Power going 2-1 from 5-1 for the Sussex Stakes at Goodwood.
More to follow . . .