Galileo Gold: could yet be considered for the Derby
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IMPRESSIVE 2,000 Guineas winner Galileo Gold has not been ruled out of a possible tilt at the Investec Derby at Epsom next month, according to Harry Herbert – racing advisor to owners Al Shaqab Racing.
Trainer Hugo Palmer previously indicated that the son of Paco Boy would be kept to a mile after a genetics test suggested that there was less than a one per cent chance of the 1m4f Derby trip proving to be the colt’s optimum distance.
However, regarding running in the Derby, Harry Herbert on Tuesday said: “It is not ruled out.”
Decision after Irish Guineas
Herbert confirmed that the Irish 2,000 Guineas, which is contested at the Curragh on Saturday, May 21, was to be the horse’s next assignment but subsequent targets have yet to be decided.
“We’ll see what happens at the Curragh and then plan from there. I wouldn’t rule anything out,” he said. “It might be that Sheikh Joaan [of Al Shaqab Racing] wants to try him over further.”
The next forfeit stage for the Derby is Friday, May 20 – one day before Galileo Gold’s scheduled run in the Irish 2,000 Guineas – and Herbert revealed that the colt’s name will feature among those still in contention for the Epsom Classic.
“Next week we will keep him in the Derby and see what happens in Ireland. Sheikh Joaan does not want to just put a line through it and say ‘right, that’s it, we have no possible chance of running in the Derby, take him out’,” Herbert added.
Galileo Gold has been reintroduced into Betfred’s Derby market at a price of 10-1, while Coral offer 7-2 with the ‘with-a-run’ concession.
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