GUINEAS DAY ONE: Galileo makes it a Gold-den day for Hugo
Galileo Gold ran out an emphatic winner of the Qipco 2000 Guineas to complete the dramatic rise of young trainer Hugo Palmer.
After breaking new ground with Covert Love last season, Galileo Gold’s victory took the Kremlin Cottage Stables’ handler’s success to another level.
Ridden by popular jockey Frankie Dettori, the colt, a sire of Paco Boy, never looked like being caught after crossing over from the centre of the track to bag the inside rail.
It was a third win in the Classic for Dettori, a mere 20 years on from his first triumph on Mark Of Esteem.
A delighted Palmer said: “When you come to a race like this you have to have confidence, if not you may as well go somewhere else. If I was going to come here, I was going to believe in it.
“I’ve never believed in a horse quite like I believe in this one.
“I don’t know what makes him different, he just keeps getting better. He’s quirky, we have to work with him, not against him, but he’s rewarded us. We think he’ll stay a mile and a quarter.”
Winning jockey Dettori said: “I had a lot of faith in this horse. I knew I’d be in the first three. He’s a great horse. My main thought was that he stays very well and I knew if I made my may home, he’d gallop on strong.
“It was a great performance from an impossible draw in an impossible race — but it showed what a champion he could be. Everything was against him and he was still much the best.”
There was plenty of other Newmarket success during the opening day of the festival.
Sir Michael Stoute’s Exosphere an impressive winner of the Jockey Club Stakes as favourite Jack Hobbs was pulled up and dismounted.
Partnered by Ryan Moore, the horse made the step up to pattern company with a convincing four-length victory over 2015 St Leger winner Simple Verse.
There was a double on the card for the combination of trainer Charlie Appleby and jockey William Buick.
Hawkbill won the Havana Gold Newmarket Stakes before Folkswood took the honours in the Quipco Supports Racing Welfare Handicap.
There was also more home joy in the opening race of the afternoon with young claimer George Wood securing his biggest career win to date on board James Fanshawe’s Knight Owl in the championsofracing.co.uk Suffolk Stakes.
Today sees the Qipco 1000 Guineas with John Gosden’s Nathra and Chris Wall’s Mix And Mingle carrying the main home hopes in the big race.
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