Hugo Palmer: My thoughts on Architecture ahead of her German Oaks run
15:45 Dusseldorf – German Oaks – Architecture
I left her off the summary of my entries when I did the column earlier in the week, so we better put that right here!
Architecture has strong form claims, though there are clearly lightly-raced, unexposed and progressive fillies amongst the opposition all ready to take a big step forward. However, they will probably need to improve a fair bit to come up to the level that Architecture has shown in finishing second in the English and Irish Oaks.
I do think that this furlong-shorter trip of 1m3f will suit her, too, as it is questionable whether she truly stays 1m4f in top company. We will need luck in running from her midfield draw in this 16-runner race, but if she gets a trouble-free run then I'd be hopeful of a bold show, if not necessarily confident.
We haven't done that much with her since the Curragh but I've been pleased with her and we also shouldn't lose sight of what a massive prize this. At 500,000 euros, it is 100,000 more than what was on offer in Ireland.
I have already touched upon Gifted Master's chances in the Prix Maurice de Gheest in Deauville today – he ran well in the Lennox, takes his racing well, and has an each-way chance once again in a very competitive race – and I'd be more than hopeful that Star Archer can go one better at Windsor. He is a colt we like.