St Leger: Galileo Rock could be withdrawn

Galileo Rock could be withdrawn from the St Leger if the going at Town Moor does not improve.
Galileo Rock could be withdrawn from the St Leger if the going at Town Moor does not improve.

Saturday’s St Leger race could lose one of its leading contenders should the ground at Town Moor not improve.

Trainer David Wachman says he will not send out slight favourite Galileo Rock if he deems the ground to not be suitable.

Galileo Rock – third in the Derby and second in the Irish Derby – has also been declared for Sunday’s Irish St Leger and will go to the Curragh instead should Wachman decide against a Doncaster outing by the end of today.

Wachman would still like to see the horse run at Doncaster.

He said: “I want very much to run Galileo Rock in the St Leger because of its prestige, prize-money and the fact it’s confined to three-year-olds.”

Wachman said earlier in the week he was hoping for at least good ground at Doncaster but knew his horse would prefer faster going.

The going for Friday’s racing at Town Moor was predicted as being good to soft with overnight rain forecast ahead of the St Leger Festival’s showpiece day.

Galileo Rock edged into the outright favourite position for the St Leger this morning on 9/2.

The John Gosden-trained Excess Knowledge remained on 100/30, slightly ahead of Leading Light on 4/1.

Should the ground remain on the softer side, Excess Knowledge may be the one to watch of the leading three.

Gosden said this week any rain that would come would be appreciated by the horse.

A total of 11 horses – including Galileo Rock – made the final declaration for the St Leger on Thursday,

St Leger field and betting (as of noon on September 12): Galileo Rock 9/2, Excess Knowledge 10/3, Leading Light 4/1, Foundry 5/1, Libertarian 13/2, Talent 10/1, Secret Number 16/1, Cap O’Rushes 20/1, Great Hall 25/1, Havana Beat 33/1, Ralston Road 100/1.