Gold seeks return to winning ways in France

Frankie Dettori celebrating the St James’s Palace win on Galileo Gold

PICTURE: Mark Cranham (racingpost.com/photos) Gold seeks return to winning ways By Jon Lees 8:48PM 8 AUG 2016

GALILEO GOLD will aim to get back into the Group 1-winning routine at Deauville this weekend, provided he satisfies trainer Hugo Palmer on the gallops on Tuesday morning.

There will be no third clash with Sussex Stakes conqueror The Gurkha in the Prix du Haras de Fresnay le Buffard Jacques le Marois this Sunday, but Ribchester, a fast-finishing third at Goodwood, is a likely opponent in Deauville’s mile showpiece.

Galileo Gold, winner of the 2,000 Guineas and St James’s Palace Stakes, finished a neck behind The Gurkha and a short head in front of Ribchester in the Sussex.

Al Shaqab racing manager Harry Herbert said on Monday: “The horse is due to work tomorrow. At the moment all signs are very good. He’s in terrific form and Hugo couldn’t be happier with him, so provided his work is good he’ll run.”

Al Shaqab have a deep pool of miling talent this year, of which the Jean-Claude Rouget-trained pair Zelzal, winner of the Prix Jean Prat, and Qemah, who most recently landed the Prix Rothschild, head to the Prix Moulin and Matron Stakes respectively, Herbert added.

Ribchester in good form

Godolphin-owned Ribchester finished third behind Galileo Gold at Newmarket before winning the Jersey Stakes, and he showed at Goodwood the gap between the pair was closing.

Trainer Richard Fahey said on Monday: “He’s going to do a piece of work in the morning and we’ll work away from there. He’s in great form and has come out of Goodwood the best he has come out of any of his races. We’re very happy with him and all being well he’ll be there.”

Aidan O’Brien confirmed The Gurkha had been given a break, with September’s Moulin likely to be the nearest-at-hand race in which he could reappear.

“He’s freshening up now and we’ll have a look at the Moulin, the Queen Elizabeth II and the Breeders’ Cup,” said O’Brien.

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