Dermot Weld’s runner Galileo’s Choice claimed the Challenge Stakes at Leopardstown on Thursday and could next see action at the Irish St Leger. Weld is planning Group 1 meetings for the six-year-old who won a Group 3 event at Leopardstown last year.
“The Irish St Leger is the logical progression for him. He's going to have an entry in the Melbourne Cup and we'll see how we go along the way,” Weld to sportinglife.com. “He'll probably have one more run before the Irish St Leger and we'll see how he gets on there, but he'll certainly be entered for the Melbourne Cup.”
In other news, Blue Corner (owned by Sheikh Mohammed and a son of Teofilo) will compete in the Ballyroan Stakes at Leopardstown on August 9. Michael Halford's colt, who tipsters had marked as the betting favourite, lost his unbeaten record at Fairyhouse on Sunday after barely trailing Aidan O’Brien’s Warwick Avenue in the final stretches.
At times, Blue Corner displays blazing speed after having won at the Curragh by five lengths. “I was delighted with him as conditions weren't ideal,” Halford told sportinglife.com. “He'll come on for it, he's come out of it really well and hopefully we'll get a bit of better ground next time. When he gets on better ground there's more to come from him.”