Hugo Palmer thinks big with Baydar after impressive Lingfield victory


All-weather racing at Lingfield Park. (Pic: Courtesy of Arena Racing Company).

By Simon Jackson.

The impressive manner of Baydar’s victory on a wet and windy day at Lingfield Park on Tuesday left connections dreaming of top targets next season.

The Hugo Palmer-trained two-year-old was far too good for his rivals as he made all under Martin Harley to score by three and three quarter lengths in Division Two of the one mile Class 5 maiden.

The half-brother to Palmer’s talented Aktabantay was sent off the 4-9 favourite having finished second on his debut at Haydock last month and gave his supporters no cause for concern as he eased to victory.

The son of Rock Of Gibraltar will now be put away for the winter and is considered a possible Classic contender by the winning trainer.

“He was really well at home and we were keen to get a run into him,” Palmer said.

“Martin said that he didn’t come out of second gear. He is a lovely horse who is beautifully bred. We thought he would win first time and just greenness in the stalls and a missed break [beat him]. He made no mistakes today.

“We will put him away now and dream over the winter and see how he comes to hand. If he is working well when we start up in the spring – he is probably bred to warrant a Guineas entry.

“It is a long way from a Lingfield maiden to winning a Guineas, but Jack Hobbs [Irish Derby winner and Investec Derby runner-up] won his maiden at Wolverhampton in December which proved it can be done.

“He couldn’t have done it any easier and he will be a lovely horse next year.”

The first division of the mile maiden was won by Kummiya for trainer Roger Charlton and jockey William Twiston-Davies.

The victory was the first of two winners for both trainer and jockey. Star Fire provided Charlton with his second winner of the day when landing the six furlong Class 4 under Adam Kirby. Twiston-Davies got his double up when winning the feature race, the £12,000 Coral Handicap – a 10 furlong Class 3 contest, on the Michael Bell-trained Franklin D.

Later, trainer Milton Bradley and jockey Franny Norton combined to win both divisions of the six furlong Class 6 handicap with Burauq and Triple Dream.

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