Hugo Palmer: My thoughts on Home Of The Brave at the Breeders' Cup on Saturday

Hugo Palmer saddles one runner at the Breeders' Cup in America on Saturday night
Hugo Palmer saddles one runner at the Breeders' Cup in America on Saturday night
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Two years after his first intended runner at the Breeders' Cup Hugo Palmer will finally get to saddle a runner at this prestigious meeting, and here the Betfair Ambassador gives his exclusive views on Home Of The Brave in the Turf Sprint...


"He has also enjoyed his training and his work-outs here, and we know fast ground suits him so well."

21:05 Santa Anita - Home Of The Brave


Aktabantay would have been my first runner in the Breeders' Cup a couple of years ago but for injuring himself, so I can only sympathise and commiserate with the connections of Suedois, who is out of the Turf Sprint after suffering an injury on the track on Thursday.

Touch wood, Home Of The Brave is fine, and it would be the culmination of a two-year dream were he run in, and win, the race. And for a horse so-named, and one by Starspangledbanner, he would certainly be an appropriate winner.

He travelled over well, taking the journey in his stride, and he has kept his summer coat in the Californian sunshine. He has also enjoyed his training and his work-outs here, and we know fast ground suits him so well.

It is the end of a long season for him - he won at Leicester in April - but this actually will only be his fifth start, so he comes here a fresh horse, and one who has run brilliantly on all four of his outings in the campaign.

I think his recent Group 2 efforts give him every chance from a form perspective, and if he can jump and sit handy from stall four, then we know he has tactical pace and stays every yard over this 6f110yd trip, and more.

I think there will certainly be worse 16-1 chances running here on Saturday, but to win with my first runner at the meeting is probably asking a little too much!


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Ryan Moore is another Betfair Ambassador at the Breeders' Cup this weekend and you can read the star jockey's thoughts on his Friday and Saturday rides by clicking here


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