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On a day lacking in focus, the three-year-old Gifted Master might put a smile back on Hugo Palmer’s face at Haydock

One week after Hugo Palmer met with disappointment in Ireland, Gifted Master (3.45) may put a smile back on his trainer’s face by landing Haydock’s Sandy Lane Stakes. The three-year-old looks like starting a warm favourite but has irresistible credentials for the Group Two prize that is the biggest of Saturday’s action, a day rather lacking in focus.

Unbeaten for more than a year, Gifted Master has made all to win five races since being gelded. His latest outing, at Ascot last month, did not suggest we are getting close to finding the ceiling on his ability, as he gave weight away all round and won a Group Three by daylight. The Commonwealth Cup at the Royal meeting is thought to be on his agenda.

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