Thursday, 17 August 2017

Antepost: Hugo Palmer believes he's Gifted, and he can Master the sprints

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Well regarded sprinter Gifted Master should be taken a 33-1 each-way in either Haydock's Sprint Cup or Ascot's Champion Sprint in the final part of the season.

Hugo Palmer’s highly regarded four-year-old is targeting both the Sprint Cup in September, and the Champion Sprint at Ascot the following month after an encouraging win over six furlongs at Doncaster.

He ran most of his races over a longer distance last year, including a second place in the Joel Stakes over a mile, and always looked like a classy horse for the future.

After a decent stint in Dubai, he struggled on his first run back from three months in a competitive Hackwood Stakes at Newbury to finish seventh.

Yet he returned to his best when winning impressively in a conditions contest at Doncaster by three-and-a-half lengths at Doncaster.

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Gifted Master finishing second to Cougar Mountain in the Joel Stakes

A horse believed to be top class by his trainer, may now be able to take on the likes of Limato, Harry Angel and Brando in big sprints; especially as he has won on ground ranging from good to form to good to soft.

He has experience at both tracks, Haydock and Ascot, with a victory coming at the latter last April.

Now back to his very best he should be worth backing in both races at a massive 33-1, especially with reports indicating from home that he is a brilliant sprinter in the making.

Bets: Gifted Master each-way Sprint Cup (9 September, Haydock ) at 33-1, Gifted Master each-way Champion Sprint Stakes (21 October, Ascot) at 33-1.

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