Hugo Palmer describes Hackman as “the fastest two-year-old I’ve ever dealt with” as he eyes a tilt at the Sandown National Stakes with his winner Chester.
Success on the Roodee was a no-brainer for Michael Owen’s mansion stables tenant and after hitting the crossbar with the aptly named Balon D’Or in the Lily Agnes, it was Hackman who got Palmer and the former England international Owen on the scoresheet at Chester’s May Festival with a display taking over five stadiums.
Having announced his blistering speed on this occasion, his master will now keep the precocious son of Mehmas five furlongs away for his next start, with stablemate Balon D’Or potentially traveling for the Woodcote Stakes at Epsom on June 2 despite also holding an entry for Sandown on Thursday.
Palmer explained: “The initial feeling with Balon D’Or was to go to the National Stakes and we still could. But the speed that Hackman has shown and the knowledge that Balon D’Or is really ready for the stage up ‘at six furlongs, we could just wait a week for the Woodcote with Balon D’Or, then throw Hackman into the National.
“He’s a stiff five and he’s always shown so much speed that my first worry would be whether he’ll get the five furlongs? But he got five furlongs in very soft ground in Chester so you hope he gets it. would stay. He’s the fastest two-year-old I’ve ever had anything to do with.”
Royal Ascot is on the agenda for Hackman and Balon D’Or and Palmer hopes the two talented youngsters can get their tickets to the showpiece of the summer stamped via their upcoming assignments.
He continued: “It’s the same for every fast two year old at the start of the season, but hopefully if Hackman could win the National we’d head to Norfolk and if not we’d probably go to Windsor Castle.
“Similarly with Balon D’Or, if he won Woodcote, Coventry would be very much on the radar for him, but he also has Windsor Castle as an option.
“I hope they will be very involved at Ascot but we will see – they have to move on and they have to perform well in their next starts.
“It’s very joyful to say we’ll be going to Royal Ascot, but the walker’s enclosure is a very boring and lonely place at Royal Ascot, so we have to go there thinking we can be competitive. There’s no there’s nothing sadder than waking up on Royal Ascot Tuesday excited about your chances and realizing you’re 100/1.”