Impressive trainer Hugo Palmer is keen to let Galileo Gold have another crack at Awtaad after the thrilling Irish 2,000 Guineas at the Curragh on Saturday.
The St James’s Palace Stakes on the opening day of Royal Ascot is the aim for both now, along with Aidan O’Brien’s French Guineas winner The Gurkha.
The showdown could be the highlight of the week in Berkshire, with three of the most impressive horses of the season so far coming head-to-head.
Palmer is keen to forgive Galileo Gold for his second behind Awtaad on Saturday and thinks the places can be reversed when it comes to Royal Ascot.
"The St James's Palace is meant to be the championship decider between the two Guineas winners and if The Gurkha comes as well what a race we have to savour - better than the Derby,” Palmer told the Racing Post.
"I'm not afraid to take on the Curragh winner again on better ground.
“It's a very exciting prospect that I'd relish and would be fantastic for racing.
“The winner was exciting on the ground at the Curragh and might be better on good ground, but we'll certainly not shy away from taking him on again."
Having been impressive and active so far this season, Palmer is keen not to rush Galileo Gold’s recovery from another tough run at the Curragh.
The St James’s Palace Stakes is the aim, but the Breeders’ Cup is also an option later in the year.
"He ate up and was sound and bright this morning. But the St James's Palace would be his third Group 1 in six and a half weeks and there will be absolutely no hiding place,” he added.
"The way he was blowing showed how much harder he found it. There's always the question about how significant a mark it has left on him. But early indications are he took the race well.
"We want to win the St James's Palace and go to the Sussex Stakes as worthy favourite. We always thought he'd finish the year in the QEII at Ascot, but with the likelihood of soft ground there in October it brings the Breeders' Cup into play."
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