Palmer ponders Marois bid with Galileo Gold

Galileo Gold - Frankie Dettori

Galileo Gold failed to follow up his Royal Ascot win at Goodwood

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 By Jon Lees 6:00PM 31 JUL 2016 

HUGO PALMER will hold discussions this week over whether to give Galileo Gold his next start in the Prix du Haras de Fresnay-le-Buffard Jacques le Marois at Deauville on August 14 after his narrow defeat by The Gurkha in the Sussex Stakes.

The 2,000 Guineas winner was beaten a neck by the winner of the French equivalent at Goodwood, leading until well inside the final furlong of the Group 1 after having to make his own running under Frankie Dettori.

Palmer said on Sunday: “I’ll have to see how the horses are this week. The opportunities are fairly obvious. Galileo Gold is in the Jacques le Marois and we’ll discuss it and make plans. I haven’t seen much of him since the race.”

Connections of the colt had considered recruiting a pacemaker for Galileo Gold before Goodwood and, while it looks unlikely anything can be done before the Deauville showpiece, it has not been ruled out.

“Frankie couldn’t have done a better job in front,” Palmer added. “He went very steady and did everything he could to control the race. Would a pacemaker have gone steadier or faster? I don’t know.

“It worked so beautifully at Ascot with someone else’s pacemaker. It would have been nice to have replicated that. It is to be discussed. If Galileo Gold was to run in the Marois, I’m not sure we would have time to get that done in the next two weeks.”

Mixed fortunes

Galileo Gold was one of two near-misses at Goodwood for Palmer as Home Of The Brave finished second to Dutch Connection in the Group 2 Lennox Stakes and a place in front of stablemate Gifted Master.

“We won a lot of prize-money and moved up three places in the trainers’ championship table but didn’t get a trophy,” said Palmer.

“Home Of The Brave is in the Hungerford Stakes but my instinct would be that he might need a little more time than Galileo Gold between races.

“I had a brief chat with [Godolphin chief executive] John Ferguson about it and he is keen now that Home Of The Brave should be given the opportunity to become a stallion and suggested the next time he runs he will probably be the only Godolphin horse in the race. Where that will be, I don’t know.”

He added: “Gifted Master could also go to the Hungerford or he could go up to a mile. In the back of my mind I had the Topkapi Trophy, but I hadn’t realised geldings aren’t allowed to run in it.”

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