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Wachman Issues Ground Warning for Leger hope, Galileo

August 26, 2013 12:15:03 PM

A forecast dry spell for the end of August and early-September in Britain will be music to the ears of Irish trainer, David Wachman, who is keen for his dual Derby-placed Galileo Rock to encounter quickish ground if he is to let his colt take his chance in the final classic of the 2013 campaign, the Group 1 Ladbrokes St Leger at Doncaster on September 14.

Wachman saw his stable star run a brave third behind Ruler of the World in the Investec Derby at Epsom before finding only Jim Bolger’s Trading Leather too good for him in the Irish equivalent at the Curragh a few weeks later, and hopes are high that if conditions suit he will run a very big race at Town Moor in the world’s oldest classic contest.

Given a mid-season break by his handler with a view to taking in some of the main middle-distance events towards the end of this season, Galileo Rock is reported to be in fine shape as he bids to go beyond a mile-and-a-half for the first time in his career. Betfair insiders say that everything about his style of racing suggests that the three-year-old will stay, especially if he has decent or even his preferred quick ground to bounce off down the long Doncaster straight.

The latest racing betting makes the Irish raider a top-priced 6/1 shot for the St Leger in a market currently headed by recent Great Voltigeur Stakes winner Telescope, a horse who is not entered in the race but many believe will be supplemented having won in good style on the Knavesmire.

If the Doncaster ground fails to come in favour of Galileo Rock, connections will doubtless wait for other opportunities not wanting to risk a quality horse who looks sure to do as well if not better next term as a four-year-old.

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