Hugo Palmer: Yesterday my dreams came true

Frankie Dettori rides Galileo Gold to victory in the 2,000 Guineas
Frankie Dettori rides Galileo Gold to victory in the 2,000 Guineas

Trainer of 2,000 Guineas winner Galileo Gold and Betfair ambassador Hugo Palmer gives us his thoughts after the biggest day of his professional life so far yesterday...


"If we did decide to go to Epsom, I imagine that he would go straight there. He had plenty of racing at two and was having his first race since October yesterday, so I think three runs in a month would be pushing it."

I made it pretty clear in the lead-up to the 2,000 Guineas that I thought Galileo Gold had an outstanding chance - we'd have been running elsewhere if I didn't - but yesterday fulfilled my dreams.

We weren't there just to have a Guineas runner, but now the question everyone is asking is whether he will now go for the Derby.

My dream is to win the Derby, but my job is to do the right thing for the horse. And I would rather win an Irish 2,000 Guineas than finish sixth at Epsom.

But his pedigree gives you some hope that he will stay - he is out of a Galileo mare and from the family of Montjeu - and they say that the Guineas is the best trial for the Derby. And you couldn't get a better trial than yesterday's victory.

Knee-jerk reactions could end up misleading people so the best thing to do is to let the dust settle and discuss our options, and make the right decision.

But if we did decide to go to Epsom, I imagine that he would go straight there. He had plenty of racing at two and was having his first race since October yesterday, so I think three runs in a month would be pushing it.

But if we do go, I would like the horse to take part in the "Breakfast With The Stars", as I think a sight and feel of the track and the paddock beforehand would be invaluable.

I think his gallop at the Craven meeting helped him yesterday, even though he was walking around like a porn star for a while.

But I guess stallions, which he will be now, have that right. And yesterday he certainly earned it.


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