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Brave bid for glorious hat-trick against very Gifted rival

By Ashley Iveson

Hugo Palmer feels both Home Of The Brave and Gifted Master are capable of making their presence felt in the Qatar Lennox Stakes at Glorious Goodwood.

Home Of The Brave heads into the Group Two contest on a hat-trick following victories at Leicester and Haydock earlier in the campaign and is one of three runners for Godolphin, with the Charlie Hills-trained Dutch Connection and Birchwood from Richard Fahey's yard also in contention.

Gifted Master, who has won six of his 10 starts, is on a retrieval mission after failing to fire in the Jersey Stakes at Royal Ascot.

Palmer said: "They'll both like the ground and I've been happy with both of them in their work. It's a shame they have to run against each other really.

"Home Of The Brave is in great form and seven furlongs is his ideal trip, as it is for Gifted Master.

"We just felt the ground at Ascot was too soft for him (Gifted Master), so hopefully he can bounce back.

"There's not a lot between them."

Dutch Connection was runner-up to Toormore in last year's Lennox Stakes and ran a fine race to fill the same position in Ascot's Summer Mile this month.

Hills said: "He wants fast ground, in fact the faster the better, so I am hoping there is not too much watering for the first day. I was pleased with his run at Ascot, and he is going to find this race and trip ideal."

Birchwood won a Listed event at Chester on his latest outing.

"His win at Chester has done him the world of good. He has never been an exceptional worker at home, but his win seems to have had the desired effect and has sparked him up a bit," said Fahey.

"He has run well at this meeting - in the Vintage Stakes last year. He will have to be at the top of his game, but I am very happy with the horse."

Meanwhile, The Gurkha can avenge his Royal Ascot defeat by seeing off Galileo Gold in tomorrow's feature, the Sussex Stakes.

The Gurkha was flying at the finish in the St James's Palace Stakes last month, though, and looked as if he would have claimed the honours granted a clean run.

Trainer Aidan O'Brien would surely not drop back to a mile against old rivals unless he felt his charge had a fine chance.

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