HUGO PALMER had a season that didn’t come up his own high expectations in the 2019 with his 53 winners not producing the home report he would have wished for but, rest assured, there looks sure be an even more determined effort from the Kremlin Cottage Stable trainer and his team when racing resumes.
The halcyon days of 2016 are not too far away when Galileo Gold provided domestic Classic success in the Qipco 2000 Guineas and chipped in further with another Group 1 success in the St James Palace Stakes at Royal Ascot. Hawksmoor also landed the Group 2 German 1000 Guineas and Palmer’s credentials for winners of the highest class are there for all to be seen.
The standard bearer in his two-year-old team last year was the filly Powerful Breeze who took the Group 2 May Hill Stakes at Doncaster in September before failing narrowly in the Group 1 Fillies’ Mile at Newmarket in October and there is every chance another gem could be unearthed in a very interesting group of juveniles for this term.
Hugo kindly spoke to Tony Elves of attheraces.com to discuss those of his 2yo team that have been shaping up encouragingly in their early work this Spring.
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Bay colt: Adaay – Last Echo
"He is a proper two-year-old. He worked last Friday and worked nicely and he should be ready when the lockdown lifts. I’m happy with everything he has done so far. He could start over five but he will make up into a six-furlong horse."
Bay colt: Charm Spirit – Bounty Box
"He is out a very good filly that Chris Wall trained that was very fast. He is a muscular horse and he worked for the first time last Friday. I would say he would be nearly ready and could start off at the end of May if we are racing by then. He would probably start over six furlongs and I like what I have seen so far. He is a good mover and a strong horse."
Bay colt: Shalaa – Mathool
"He is a smashing big colt and a really impressive looking horse. For a big horse he is light on his feet and I like the way he goes. He has done little bits, not major bits of work and he’s done everything nicely so far. There wouldn’t be many better looking two-year-olds in training and his father was very smart two-year-old. I would imagine he would start over six or seven furlongs – I would say his stride length would be too big for him to be a five furlong horse."
Bay colt: Fast Company – Natalisa
"He worked last Friday and is another who will be ready when we restart. He is a well-made good looking colt with good speed and a good attitude. He will start over five and may get six or even seven later in the year. He has done everything right and I have liked him from the start."
Bay colt: Sea The Stars – Hot Sauce
"He is one for later in the year and very much a three-year-old type but he’s a lovely mover and has a very good attitude to his work. He is just cantering away at the moment and he will carry on cantering for a good few weeks to come but he’s done everything right so far. He would be the sort of horse I would like to see win his maiden at two but hope he will be smarter next year. He could start over seven furlongs or a mile."
Chestnut colt: Starspangledbanner – Via Lattea
"I have only had one Starspangledbanner before and that was Home Of The Brave and they have the look of each other. This is a bigger horse and he has a lovely way of going about him. He is probably a mid-Summer horse, late June/early July type, and he’s a big strong colt."
Bay filly: The Gurkha – Wild Storm
"She has impressed me. She wasn’t a whole lot to look at when she came in and was broken in but she has just grown and developed and looks really tremendous. She has a nice way of going about her as well and I would have thought she would have the toe to start over six and probably in June. I like what I have seen."
Grey/roan filly: Mehmas – Crystal Snowflake
"She is sharp and forward and she will be ready when the time comes. She moves well and has plenty of speed and I have been pleased with everything I have seen from her."
Bay colt: Showcasing – Dam Beautiful
"He worked last Friday and he is a very professional, forward going two-year-old colt. I have been very impressed with him and he has a good attitude to his work. He is a proper strong sort of horse."