Hugo Palmer – My Five To Follow

Hugo Palmer has become one of Newmarket’s leading trainers, despite only gaining his licence in 2011. He’s most famous for classic winning Covert Love and the brilliant Galileo Gold. Whilst the likes of Home Of The Brave, Hawksmoor and Gifted Master have all given Palmer a brilliant introduction to training.

Gifted Master – Six time winning four-year-old, won the G3 Autumn Stakes as a two-year-old, G3 Pavillon Stakes as a three-year-old. Ran well in multiple pattern events, but was last seen finishing well-behind in the Godolphin Mile at Meydan.

“He’s about to come back into training this week, having had a good spell in Dubai. I thought he showed great speed over there in first time blinkers. I think we’ll leave them on him and probably start running him back to six furlongs with him. We might have him ready for something like the Hackwood at Newbury. He’s a high class performer to follow.”

Crimean Tatar – Lightly raced four-year-old who won both starts last season. He finished third in a 1m4f Group Three at Newbury, before seventh in the Yorkshire Cup. Expected to progress over longer trips.

“We definitely didn’t see the best of him in the Yorkshire cup, and there’s more to come from him. Back on better ground, he could be a really exciting stayer to follow. I’m not sure whether we would go to the Gold Cup with him, as we’ve got To Be Wild in there. But he wouldn’t want faster ground than good. The Gold Cup is still an option for Crimean Tatar. There’s not many options, but then we would like to go and run in those big cup races throughout the season.”

Best Of Days – Raced three times winning twice, a maiden at Sandown and the Group Two Royal Lodge at Newmarket. Only other start was second in the Acomb at York. Yet to start this year.

“He’s the one I’m most looking forward to running again. He won the Royal Lodge last year, and we just ran out of time to get him ready for the Derby because he had a bit of a setback in the spring. We are well on target to have him ready for the King Edward VII (Ascot Derby) at Royal Ascot, and that’s where he will start his season. He’s got a whole load of smart entries, whether that’s the Irish Derby, Great Voltigeur or St Leger we are really excited by him.

Fibonacci – Three race maiden rated 85. Finished fifth at Newbury, third at Chelmsford before losing out by a neck at Yarmouth. Declared for Queens Vase and King Edward VII at Royal Ascot.

“I think he’s a good horse to follow this season, he hasn’t won his maiden yet but he’s rated 85 and he’s a very big horse and beautifully bred. I think he could be an exciting stayer both this year and in particular next year. He looks a very exciting horse.

Arbalet – An unraced two-year-old out of Moyglare winner Miss Beatrix. Half-brother to multiple French winner Jelly.

“He’s a Dark Angel colt that I think will run fairly soon. He’s a son of Miss Beatrix, who won the Moyglare. He’s ticking a lot of boxes at the moment, and he should run in about two or three weeks’ time. We are looking forward to getting him to the racecourse.”


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