Galileo Gold’s trainer Hugo Palmer is relishing a Royal Ascot rematch with his Irish 2,000 Guineas conqueror Awtaad.
An impressive winner of the 2,000 Guineas at Newmarket three weeks ago, Galileo Gold had to make do with the runner-up spot at the Curragh as Awtaad claimed Classic glory for veteran Irish trainer Kevin Prendergast.
Connections of Awtaad have confirmed the St James’s Palace Stakes as his likely next objective and Palmer is keen to take him on again on a sounder surface.
“He came home sound and ate up and he is very well – he’s genuinely never been better, which is a huge relief,” said the trainer.
“He had to put more effort into the race yesterday than he has in any of his previous races. He blew for five or six minutes after Newmarket and he was blowing for nearly half an hour after yesterday, which gives you an idea of how hard he tried on ground he hated.
“He lost seven kilos, which is four more than he lost at Newmarket, but he’s bright and well and happy.
“We won’t know how much of a strain the race has left on him until he runs again, but being a fit, strong horse, I hope he takes it in his stride.
“All being well we’ll head to the St James’s Palace, where hopefully he’ll encounter ground that will suit him better.
“Bring it on.”