Galileo’s Choice, smooth winner of the Group 3 Kilternan Stakes at Leopardstown on Saturday, looks unlikely to emulate Vintage Crop and Media Puzzle and try and win the Melbourne Cup having failed to meet the criteria for the world famous race.
Despite winning the 1m 2f Group 3 race at Leopardstown connections have been informed that the horse would not survive the first ballot of the race. To get past the first ballot a horse must have won a Listed race or be placed in the first three in a Group 2/Group 3 or to have finished in the first five of a Group 1 over a distance of 1m3½f or further in all three cases .
A frustrated Dermot Weld who trains Galileo’s Choice was understandably frustrated when learning of the news.” The Melbourne Cup conditions are extremely complex and I’ve been informed that Galileo’s Choice, despite winning a conditions race over an extended two miles and a Group 3 over 1m2f in recent weeks, will not survive the first ballot.
” It’s very frustrating. It is about time they had a good look at the qualifying conditions for the race and simplified things a bit.
“It makes little sense that a Listed-race winner over just short of 1m4f is guaranteed a run whereas a Group winner over 1m2f is not.”
The colt had been a best prices 50/1 for the showpiece race, scheduled to take place on November 5th at Melbourne racetrack.