Wednesday 13 December 2017

Galileo Rock's Irish Derby bid far from certain

Galileo Rock
Galileo Rock

David Wachman believes the best is yet to come from Galileo Rock, who showed his class when third in the Investec Derby at Epsom.

The County Tipperary trainer reports the colt to be under consideration for the Dubai Duty Free Irish Derby at the Curragh on June 29, although nothing has been decided yet.

"He came out of Epsom fine. He's in good form and has had an easy enough week since," Wachman told At The Races.

"He's definitely in the picture and we'll just make up our minds nearer the time. We'll see what everyone else is doing and see how our own horse is.

"You would imagine the Curragh would suit him and I'm sure as the months go by, he'll get better and better. He'll make a high-class four-year-old I'd say too.

"He's done little since Epsom. He had a tough race and an arduous trip home so we've just given him an easy week."

Before his fine run at Epsom, Galileo Rock had finished a close third to Sugar Boy in the bet365 Classic Trial at Sandown.

The Patrick Prendergast-trained colt has not run since then but his jockey Chris Hayes reports Sugar Boy to be in tip-top shape, although he would love some rain ahead of the Irish Derby.

"I'm probably the only one in Ireland who doesn't want this weather at the minute. I'm hoping we get a bit of rain coming up, not that he needs heavy or soft ground," said Hayes.

"I wouldn't like to catch him on firm. It's a stiff track running down that hill.

"His form speaks for itself, he's made well and I'm looking forward to it.

"The horse you'd be worried about would be Eye Of The Storm, the horse I just beat. Whether he'll re-oppose in the Irish Derby, I don't know.

"Everybody's talking about my horse but I'd be a little concerned about Eye Of The Storm. I thought Ryan (Moore) got to me plenty soon on him in Sandown. He gave a heave and it played into my strengths because I didn't go quick enough on my guy.

"He'd be one I'd be worried about but his form holds up, so we're looking forward to it."

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