Big day for Palmer
Home Of the Brave bidding to rediscover best form
Hugo Palmer will have to dust himself down and regroup after last Saturday's defeat of Galileo Gold in the Irish 2,000 Guineas but the trainer has some very nice prospects at Haydock tomorrow afternoon.
Palmer's three visits to the Curragh have saw him saddle two winners and a second, one of those winners was Covert Love in the Irish Oaks and the other was Home Of The Brave in the Minstrel Stakes but due to "trainer error" according to Palmer, Home Of The Brave was disqualified.
After that Curragh appearance Home Of The Brave was slightly disappointing in a Group Two but he bounced back to winning ways last month when winning a listed contest at Leicester and in the Jury Stakes tomorrow he returns to Group Three company and should be hard to beat.
Since winning at Leicester, Home Of The Brave has been purchased by Godolphin and will carry the all blue colours for the first time and at 4/1 he looks a good price.
The chief rivals would appear to be Adaay and Breton Rock who both have Group One form but Home Of The Brave looks to be just a cut above them and will hopefully prove that here.
Despite there being racing on in Navan tomorrow, both Pat Smullen and Kieren Fallon are making the trip to Haydock.
Palmer is a regular user of Smullen's services and while he doesn't ride Home Of The Brave, Smullen is aboard the likely favourite, Gifted Master in the Sandy Lane Stakes.
Gifted Master has won on each of his last five starts and has progressed through the ranks nicely winning twice at Group Three level and a very valuable sales race in between.
The three-year-old won those races with plenty of ease but his winning sequence might just be brought to an end here by Buratino.
Like Home Of The Brave, Buratino is owned by Godolphin and ridden by James Doyle and it could be a good day for that combination.
Having finished down the field in the Guineas, Buratino is dropped back in both distance and class for this assignment and certainly the drop in trip looks a key factor.
Mark Johnston has always held the colt in high regard and rightly so and providing that his return to six-furlongs can bring back his form over that distance from last season, Buratino will prove to be difficult to beat and the 9/2 on offer cannot be ignored.
Unsurprisingly Fallon has picked up a few spares for his trip to Haydock but the main point of his trip is Tony Martin's Laganore who runs in the Group Three 188bet Fillies Stakes following her impressive win at Navan last time out.
Having won a Leopardstown handicap off a mark of 87 earlier in the season she will now run off 105 in this contest but takes on John Gosden's Journey, who sets the standard off a mark of 114.
Laganore would have solid each way claims if she was to keep improving and the plan for Martin and owners Newtown Anner Stud is surely to get her a bit of black-type.
She's not just there for the fresh air so that might be the play with her but if Journey can run anything near like her effort behind Simple Verse last season, she is impossible to beat.
Royal Ascot pointers are likely to be to the fore at Naas on Sunday with the Rochestown Stakes looking to be a real interesting contest.
Lundy won very nicely for Aidan O'Brien at Leopardstown and Taj Mahal is a newcomer who got an entry and being a brother of Guineas winner Gleneagles he is going to attract a lot of attention but the Ger Lyons trained Psychedelic Funk is a two-time winner at the track and both of those victories have been highly impressive and I think he can bring up the hat-trick and become a much shorter price than the 7/1 that is currently on offer for the Coventry Stakes.