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Galileo's completes Cup preparations for Weld

Australia: Galileo's Choice looked in good shape on Tuesday morning as he completed his serious preparations for the Emirates Melbourne Cup under the watchful eye of Mark Weld, son of trainer Dermot.

In his final piece of proper work before Tuesday's A$6.2 (£4m) million contest, the Ballyroan Stakes winner drew well clear of a work companion in a 2,000-metre workout at the Werribee International Horse Centre.

"You saw that, you would have to be very happy," said Mark Weld. "He's in good order now - it's all there, we're very happy with him

"It was a nice sharp piece just to keep him ticking over but his hard homework was done before he came here. He had a real good testing piece of work before he came out and he's had a completely uninterrupted preparation since. We'll just keep him happy now - he's a fit horse and he's a good horse."

The Weld stable is looking for their third Melbourne victory after Vintage Crop and Media Puzzle.

Luca Cumani is also well pleased with his Cup pair Mount Athos and My Quest For Peace.

"They look very well," said Cumani, who arrived in Melbourne on Monday night. "Most of the time when I've joined them they have had trouble eating or look light and I haven't been happy but this time I am happy - they look great."

Although My Quest For Peace had a preparatory outing for Tuesday's race when he was a decent fifth in the Caulfield Cup, Ryan Moore's mount Mount Athos will be without a run since he won the Geoffrey Freer.

''He's done his best by racing sparingly," explained Cumani, who has saddled Mount Athos for three victories since he joined him from David Wachman.

Sydney legend Gai Waterhouse said the former Sir Henry Cecil-trained Glencadam Gold would take his chance despite a minor setback. He missed an intended gallop on Tuesday owing to some heat in his off hind.

 

 
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