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Breeders' Cup on the agenda for Hugo Palmer's Powerful Breeze




Subject to approval from the owner, Hugo Palmer is considering ‘working backwards’ from the Breeders’ Cup Filly & Mare Turf with Powerful Breeze.

Following an impressive campaign in 2019 for her Newmarket-based trainer, the Iffraaj filly had been prominent in the 1,000 Guineas betting market.

However, in February she suffered broken ribs in a fall after being frightened by a passing car, ruling her out of action until the autumn.

Dubai Future Champions FestivalVelvet Style Awards Autumn Ladies Day. Quadrilateral winner of The bet365 Fillies Mile Jason Watson Roger Charlton Picture by Mark Westley. (33962371)
Dubai Future Champions FestivalVelvet Style Awards Autumn Ladies Day. Quadrilateral winner of The bet365 Fillies Mile Jason Watson Roger Charlton Picture by Mark Westley. (33962371)

Palmer is still to rubber stamp the plan of action with owner Dr Ali Ridha, but he believes a Kentucky outing in early November could suit the three-year-old.

“It is hard to make plans for anything at the moment with the coronavirus situation. Nobody knows what is going on,” said the Kremlin Cottage Stables trainer.

“We need to speak with the owner, but I think working backwards from the Filles & Mare Turf could be the way to go. It is a nine-furlong race this year and that will suit her very well.

“She could run in the Queen Elizabeth three weeks before that, or maybe on Champions’ Day or in the Sun Chariot.

“She would need to run in those type of races to see if she is ready, and before any of that I would like to run her in a Listed race around August time.”

While Powerful Breeze’s recovery from the injury sustained earlier this year remains on the right track, the process continues to be a slow one.

Palmer added: “She is making some good progress and things are heading in the direction we expected.

“She is not confounding the vets. We were told this would be a slow process and it is, but it is not abnormally slow.

“People will know if they have had broken ribs, it is a very sore injury and the sort that will heal in its own time.”

After winning on her first two starts last year, Powerful Breeze finished second in the Group 1 Fillies’ Mile.