The same sire, the same attractive chestnut coat and the same trainer, as our Classic runner, The Rosstafarian!
Purchased at the Goffs Breeze Up Sale, for 78,000gns, he is by the Coolmore Stallion STARSPANGLEDBANNER: https://coolmore.com/farms/ireland/stallions/starspangledbanner. Here's a Racing Post Bloodstock story about him: https://www.racingpost.com/bloodstock/bloodstock-latest/he-injects-speed-and-class-high-flying-starspangledbanner-defying-the-odds/494885
We’ve had plenty of success over the years with progeny of the great Starspangledbanner, most notably, The Rosstafarian, who was placed at black type level for us and also ran in the Group 2 Craven Stakes and Irish 2000 Guineas in 2021. He was sold, at the end of his GB career, to Hong Kong, for a very hefty, arguably, life changing sum for his lucky owners.
Hugo Palmer has very quickly established himself alongside Newmarket’s elite trainers, having being catapulted there, by horses such as the Classic winning GALILEO GOLD, GIFTED MASTER, KOROPICK, MOOTASADIR, NEVER BACK DOWN, ESCOBAR and HOME OF THE BRAVE.
Here's his walk and profile video:
We were very much attracted by the fact that he breezed much much quicker than a horse with his pedigree should have. He timed the 10th quickest over the 2.3f Doncaster breeze from a cohort of over 150 horses. Given the majority were by speedy sires like Kodiac, Mehmas, Cotai Glory, Kingman etc, and that our colt is out of a middle-distance family (his dam is by New Approach), his performance is particularly meritorious.
Watch his breeze here:
Racing update: A three-time winning front runner - AW and turf both, firm or soft ground, come alike. He will continue to give his owners plenty more days out and visits to the winners’ enclosure. He is still only a 5yo, so there’s plenty more to come from him. We will carry on with him through the Winter on the AW, wherever there's a suitable race. TIMEFORM RATED: 87. His race entries/declarations will show on this page.