Galileo Gold at his peak
Hugo Palmer believes he has Galileo Gold "at the peak of his powers" for Saturday's mouthwatering Qipco Queen Elizabeth II Stakes at Ascot.
Galileo Gold is 'at the peak of his powers'
The 2000 Guineas and St James's Palace Stakes winner is due to clash with Ribchester and Awtaad, who have verdicts over him in France and Ireland respectively, as well as one of Aidan O'Brien's top-class fillies Minding or Alice Springs.
Newmarket-based Palmer feels his stable star has excuses for his defeats this season and that the break of two months since his run in the Prix Jacques le Marois will have done him the power of good.
His French reverse came just 18 days after a narrow defeat to The Gurkha, who has subsequently been retired.
"I'm really confident he's going to go to Ascot at the peak of his powers," Palmer told the Guardian.
"Quite simply, we didn't have the time between races to get the work into him to settle him down.
"He had the luxury of his own private jet to Deauville. Part of me just wonders whether, if we'd treated him a bit more normally, the edge might have been taken off him by the journey. He just was too fresh and he over-raced.
"He's raced 10 times in his life; the first time he ran, he pulled his chance away and the last time he ran, he pulled his chance away, but every other time he's been perfect. So I hope we can go back to what's happened on the other eight times."
Palmer will also be represented by dual Oaks runner-up Architecture in the Qipco Fillies & Mares Stakes and feels she has been underestimated by the bookmakers, who make her a 20-1 chance.
"She hasn't done a lot wrong all year. There was that glorious moment when we thought we'd won the Oaks. And there was a much shorter but equally glorious moment when I thought she'd won the Irish Oaks," he said.
"By the looks of the betting, she's got to take on the filly that beat her both at Lingfield and at the Curragh (Seventh Heaven).
"But there's no easy Group Ones and the same applies for that horse as it does for mine. They've got to bring their A game to win these races and they're not machines."