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Hugo Palmer: The thoughts on my Saturday runners across four meetings

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Hugo Palmer runs his star colt Galileo Gold in Saturday's Group 1 Lockinge Stakes, and here you can read the Betfair Ambassador's exclusive thoughts on his chances plus the views on all his other runners on the day...


"He has been ready to go for a while now, his work has been outstanding, and he looks every inch a champion, so we go to the Lockinge with high expectations."

- Hugo Palmer on Galileo Gold

Newbury


13:50 - To Be Wild

Having just the fifth start of his career, so to be competitive in what I think is the hottest Group 3 I can recall - two of the runners are unpenalised for winning Group 1 races last summer - requires massive improvement. He looked very exciting when winning his maiden on softish ground at Ffos Las, and it's a measure of how quickly he's progressed that he achieved an official rating of 104 after his next start.

He disappointed at Newcastle on his return, but that came in a slowly-run race on tapeta, which clearly didn't suit him, and he will be much better granted a true gallop on easy ground. He's still learning, and we are also continuing to learn about him, but he clearly stays a mile and a half well, and is likely to stay further.


14:20 - Koropick

Koropick is another who should appreciate some give in the ground, and we avoided running on fast ground at Ascot to come here instead; it was a little softer than the official description when he won on debut at Thirsk last year, and he's not had a chance to race on similar ground here since. He was a good second to The Last Lion in the Sirenia Stakes at Kempton, and was beaten the same distance by him when an encouraging fifth in the Middle Park subsequently.

He disappointed in a Group 2 at Maisons-Laffitte on his final start, but returned from France with a minor injury, and has been pleasing me in his work. It's an encouraging sign that he's grown a bit over the winter, but it's hard to know how much some of his rivals might also have improved since last year.


14:55 - Bush House

Bush House improved on his all-weather maiden win when fourth on his handicap debut at Doncaster at this trip on good ground, but even that going was a little quick for him, and he will appreciate the softer conditions at Newbury, where he figures on an attractive racing weight.

He's by Canford Cliffs, but he certainly doesn't lack stamina - Wall of Fire is another of mine by the same sire who stays well - and the plan is to step him up gradually in trip. I expect him to keep progressing.


15:30 - Galileo Gold

I'm excited to get him back into competitive action. He's not ground dependent, winning the Guineas on good and the St James's Palace Stakes on soft, and while he was beaten by Ribchester twice in the second half of the season, he'd lost his edge mentally by that stage, getting too wound up, and as a result he didn't do himself justice in the Jacques Le Marois or the QEII.

I'm delighted to say he's been much more relaxed in demeanour at home this year, and I hope he can take that calmness into his races. If he does, he will be a major force in all the top races at a mile. He has been ready to go for a while now, his work has been outstanding, and he looks every inch a champion, so we go to the Lockinge with high expectations.


Newmarket


14:05 - Majoris

Majoris goes down as an unlikely runner at Newmarket, as he wants top-of-the-ground conditions, and it's unlikely to dry out enough for him to take his chance.


17:00 - Lagertha

Lagertha is an immature filly who we gave a run to last back-end at Yarmouth. That was over a mile, but a mile and a half will be her trip, and she's ready to start. She shows knee-action in her work to suggest soft ground will suit, and I think she'll be up to winning a race at this trip.


Thirsk


17:05 - Inspector

A Lawman half-brother to a 13 furlong winner, Inspector has been ready for a while, but he shows plenty of knee-action at home, and he's not been able to take up any of a plethora of entries due to prevailing quick ground. He seems to have improved considerably since fluffing his lines on his only start last year which came at Kempton in November. He tends to play with his tongue, so raced with a tongue tie there just as a precaution, and does so again here.


Doncaster


19:20 - Colibri

Started off in the Esher Cup at Sandown having won his maiden last year by 12 lengths, and it looked like he was coming to win until taking a bump from the runner-up which cost him momentum. He's clearly on a fair mark, seems in good form at home, and we won the race last year with Murad Khan, but on the other hand, he's carrying top weight in a tough 0-95 against unexposed rivals, and no doubt all the others will fancy their chances.

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