Hugo Palmer: Galileo Gold looks wonderful ahead of Deauville race
Sunday – Prix Jacques Le Marois, Deauville
Everyone knows all about the horse by now. I thought that he was brilliant at Newmarket and Royal Ascot, and slightly unfortunate in defeat at the Curragh and Goodwood – though I may be biased! To be serious, I would have preferred him to get a lead in the Sussex Stakes last time but, whatever way you cut it, he ran another great race and there clearly isn't a great deal between him and The Gurkha, or the improving Ribchester, on that form. In fact, it was very interesting that the official handicapper believes Galileo Gold underperformed at Goodwood and has dropped him 1lb. And I think it is possible that he is right, and two other handicappers have him running 2lb and 3lb below form.
The time of the Sussex Stakes was 1.44 seconds slower than the Guineas despite it being a downhill track, so maybe we could have made it even more of a test from the front there. We know that he stays 1m incredibly well, and Deauville is a stiff 1m, so a strongly-run race would be to our advantage on Sunday and possibly not to Ribchester's.
He delighted us in his work on Tuesday morning, which gave us the green light to go for this target. When he works, his regular work-rider Toby (Atkinson) usually pulls him out and has to ask him to go and win his gallop. But on Tuesday he immediately grabbed the bridle and took off. And when Toby squeezed, the after-burners then came on. It was a good piece of work. He has yet to disappoint us this season, and I hope that continues here. He has had a pretty long and tough season but you wouldn't know it, as he looks wonderful.Read More at betfair.com