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British trainer planning Toorak Handicap raid in 2014

By Neale Donnelley TVN Monday, September 30, 2013 - 8:13 AM

Racing Network

British trainer Hugo Palmer is making plans 12 months in advance to bring a horse to Melbourne for next year’s the Group 1 Toorak Handicap at Caulfield.

Palmer trains a three-year-old called Short Squeeze, who brilliantly won his third race on end at Haydock in the UK on Saturday.

Immediately after winning the race, Palmer said he was making plans to run in the 2014 Toorak Handicap, a race that has previously not had an international starter.

Palmer said some of the owners in Short Squeeze were Australian, thus the interest.

Short Squeeze, by Cape Cross, took eight starts to win his first race, and he hasn’t been beaten since.

"I've always thought an enormous amount of him and I'm still staggered how I managed to get him beat seven times before he won a race, but there were excuses each time,” Palmer told sportinglife.com on the weekend.

“He made horses rated 100 look very slow on Saturday,” he added, referring to the win at Haydock.

“Dubai wouldn't be impossible with him, but a couple of his owners are Australian and the plan is to run in the Toorak Handicap at Caulfield in 12 months' time,” Palmer explained.

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