Friday 24 January 2020

Palmer hope attracts 'eye-catching' support in Guineas

Trainer Hugo Palmer Photo: Getty
Trainer Hugo Palmer Photo: Getty

Thomas Kelly

Punters seeking value in tomorrow's Newmarket 2,000 Guineas have latched onto Galileo Gold which was the subject of "eye-catching money" for the first Classic of the season.

The Hugo Palmer-trained colt was one of 13 declared runners alongside red-hot favourite Air Force Blue from the Aidan O'Brien yard.

After landing the Group Two Vintage Stakes at Glorious Goodwood, Galileo Gold ended last season with a highly-creditable third to Ultra in the Group One Prix Jean-Luc Lagardere at Longchamp.

William Hill cut Frankie Dettori's mount to 12/1 from 25/1, before taking further evasive action at 10/1. Spokesman Jon Ivan-Duke said: "Frankie Dettori and Hugo Palmer both seem confident in Galileo Gold and punters have paid attention and lumped on."

Rookie trainer Owen Burrows cannot believe his luck in having a serious Classic contender in Massaat so early in his training career. Burrows has had just the one winner from nine runners since taking over the reins from Barry Hills in Lambourn.

The Teofilo colt, owned by Sheikh Hamdan Al Maktoum, made the big leap from Leicester maiden success to the Dewhurst Stakes at Headquarters in the autumn and showed he was up to the task when clear second to Air Force Blue.

Burrows said: "It's extremely exciting to be contesting a Classic with only my 10th runner - I have to pinch myself to check that it's true."

Ballydoyle maestro O'Brien also saddles Air Vice Marshal after scratching his two other five-day entries, Bravery and Shogun.

Godolphin suffered a blow when their main hope Emotionless was ruled out of the race, but they can still mount a decent challenge, being represented by the Mark Johnston-trained Buratino, Jim Bolger's Herald The Dawn and Ribchester, trained by Richard Fahey.

Meanwhile, Noel Meade reports Road To Riches none the worse but sore following his heavy fall at Punchestown on Wednesday.

The 2014 Lexus Chase hero will now go on his summer break and return to Meade's Co Meath stables for the next campaign.

"He's a little bit sore all over, but he's OK," said the trainer. "He'll have a holiday now and be back next season, that's the plan."

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