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Palmer had been confident in the build-up to the mile showpiece that his Paco Boy colt was in peak shape and he delivered in stunning style – never being far off the pace under Frankie Dettori and galloping on strongly to beat Massaat by a length and a half, with Ribchester another two lengths further back in third.
“It was a masterful ride by one of the world’s best jockeys on a wonderful horse,” Palmer said. “Anyone who listened to me talk about this animal for last three weeks will have got a sense of belief that has been building in the yard about him.
“Not only my belief in the horse, but the horse’s belief in himself. I’ve heard Aidan [O’Brien] talk about arrogant horses before – like Muhammed Ali saying ‘I am the greatest’. A good horse believes that.”
Galileo Gold was unable to show quite so much punch on his next start, in the Tattersalls Irish 2000 Guineas at the Curragh, when a two and a half length runner-up to Awtaad.
In his defence, he didn’t enjoy the clearest of runs and the soft ground probably did not play to his strengths.
The rematch between Galileo Gold and The Gurkha in the Qatar Sussex Stakes at Goodwood was a thriller – the latter edging home by a neck from his old rival. He was unable to replicate that when below form in the Prix Jacques le Marois at Deauville and QIPCO Champion Stakes, his efforts in the first half of the season perhaps catching up with him.
He began his 2017 campaign in the Al Shaqab Lockinge Stakes at Newbury but could finish only fifth. Dettori was inclined to blame the testing ground.
Galileo Gold was a 33,000 euro purchase from Tattersalls Ireland in September 2014 and progressed well as a two-year-old, being snapped up by Al Shaqab Racing after winning minor events at Salisbury and Haydock.
He then won the Group 2 Vintage Stakes at Goodwood before finishing a staying-on third to Ultra in the Group 1 Qatar Prix Jean-Luc Lagardere at Longchamp.
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