Home Of The Brave: first past the post at the Curragh in July
PICTURE: Patrick McCann (racingpost.com/photos
HUGO PALMER is eyeing a potential tilt at the Group 1 Al Shaqab Lockinge Stakes with Home Of The Brave, who is scheduled to make his seasonal return in the Tote-backed Listed King Richard III Stakes over 7f at Leicester on Saturday.
Home Of The Brave was an impressive winner of the European Free Handicap on his return last season and was not disgraced when finishing sixth in the Qipco 2,000 Guineas and Palmer says he is in “zinging” form for his seasonal reapperance.
“Home Of The Brave is in at Leicester and he is ready for a run, in fact I’m desperate to run him,” Palmer wrote in his Betfair blog. “He is zinging at home and couldn’t be more ready for a run.”
After his Guineas run last year, Home Of The Brave was then dropped back in trip for the remainder of the campaign but Palmer is still open-minded about the four-year-old’s optimum trip.
The trainer added: “I can’t wait to get him out and he’s in the Lockinge next month. I think you can mark up his sixth in the Guineas, his only start over a mile to date, as he made the running into a strong headwind.
“He is a much stronger horse this season, but sometimes that can make them faster. We will see.”
The bulk of Home Of The Brave’s form has been achieved on good ground or faster and Palmer said that he will monitor conditions at Leicester before committing the horse.
Royal Ascot plans
Palmer also had news of a big-race target for Gifted Master, who was an authoritative winner of a lucrative sales race on his return at Newmarket last week.
“The original plan was the Jersey Stakes but with Shalaa out we may take a look at the Commonwealth Cup,” said Palmer. “Looking at the race as it stands right now you would possibly only have Buratino to really fear, though the likes of Acapulco and Washington DC would obviously be very serious rivals if they turned up.
“The important thing was that he did it really well over six furlongs last week and we have options with him trip-wise now, as I thought he was more a miler than a sprinter.”
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