Gifted Master likely to wait for turf season

All-Weather Finals Day ‘might just come too soon’.

  • Tuesday 07 January
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Hugo Palmer’s Gifted Master is likely to reappear when the turf season begins in the spring after two runs on the all-weather towards the end of last year.

The versatile seven-year-old ran twice on Lingfield’s Polytrack surface and was the runner-up in a £12,000 handicap before finishing eighth in the Listed Golden Rose Stakes, a fast-track qualifier for the All-Weather Championships Finals Day.

However, Palmer may now rest the gelding until the turf campaign resumes as the calendar sees finals day, which takes place on Good Friday, fall earlier than it has done in previous years.

“It’s a possibility, but it might just come too soon,” said Palmer of the series finale.

“Good Friday is early this year so it could just be too early for him. He’s had a break since his last run and we wanted to find a third (all-weather) run for him, but we have struggled.

“For that reason we will probably wait, you probably won’t see him again until the turf season starts up.”

Also absent from the championship will be stablemate Set Piece, who gained fast-track qualification for the Bombardier Mile when winning the Listed Hyde Stakes at Kempton.

The Khalid Abdullah-owned four-year-old has now left the care of Palmer to continue his career in America.

Gifted Master likely to wait for turf season
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