Curragh is Home for Palmer
Hugo Palmer’s weekend got even sweeter on Sunday as Home Of The Brave scampered clear to win the Group 3 Minstrel Stakes at The Curragh and follow up Covert Love’s success in the Irish Oaks yesterday and cap a memorable two days on Irish soil.
Gordon Lord Byron finished well in second but was always playing catch up to the leader as James Doyle sent Palmer’s charge for home a fair way out and got the response needed to clear away and win well with Sovereign Debt back in third.
Palmer was delighted. “I thought he’d win but I didn’t quite think he’d win like that. He’s a very immature horse and that’s why he was so lightly raced at two. He always showed he was a horse with amazing speed from Christmas as a yearling. He was terrifyingly quick.”
“He did that perfectly today. He went down like a lamb, came back like a lamb and quickened away from them. He’s the second Group-winning son of Starspangledbanner from 27 foals. I’d expect he’ll cover more mares now and he’ll be able to upgrade what he is as a stallion.”
“The Hungerford Stakes would look the obvious next target. There is the Prix Maurice de Gheest but that might be his Group One for next year.
“He was sixth and ran very well in the Guineas but he’s maybe actually a bit better than that. I was impressed with how he saw out the seven and wouldn’t rule out returning to a mile.”
A remarkable weekend for the trainer – remember his blog is up with our betting partners each week at Stan James.com
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