Galileo Rock (right) finishing second to Trading Leather in the Irish DerbyPICTURE: Getty Images
Wachman issues Galileo Rock Leger warning
LEADING Ladbrokes St Leger contender Galileo Rock will only run in Saturday’s Doncaster Classic if connections deem the ground suitable.
The David Wachman-trained colt, third in the Investec Derby and second in the Irish equivalent last time, is the general 4-1 second favourite for the Leger, for which a field of 11 was declared on Thursday.
Wachman said: "As Galileo Rock prefers a sound surface, he will only run in the Ladbrokes St Leger if the ground is suitable.
"Given his position in the betting for the race, we thought it was only fair to let people know what the situation is.
"Galileo Rock will be declared for the Gain Irish St Leger, which is run on Sunday at the Curragh, and a decision on which race to go for will be delayed until tomorrow evening.
"I want very much to run Galileo Rock in the Ladbrokes St Leger at Doncaster because of its prestige, prize-money and the fact it is confined to three-year-olds."
The going at Doncaster remains good to soft, however the forecast for Thursday night carries a high risk of significant rainfall. Between 4mm and 8mm is predicted to hit the track.
The John Gosden-trained Feel Like Dancing and Aidan O'Brien's Eye Of The Storm were the two most high-profile absentees when the final Leger field was revealed. Outsider London Bridge was the only other runner to bow out.
The exit of Feel Like Dancing leaves Gosden, winner of two of the last three St Legers, with a sole representative in Excess Knowledge, the 3-1 clear favourite with many firms and 7-2 joint-favourite with others. The Gordon Stakes runner-up will be ridden for the first time by James Doyle.
O'Brien, meanwhile, runs both Leading Light, 9-2 third favourite and who will be ridden by son Joseph O'Brien, and Foundry, who will be steered by Ryan Moore.
Godolphin's riding arrangements for their three-strong team were also revealed. Mickael Barzalona will ride Cap O'Rushes, Silvestre de Sousa is on Secret Number, and William Buick retains the ride on Libertarian.
Seven runners were declared for the Group 2 At The Races Champagne Stakes but there was no spot in the line-up for Paul Cole's Royal Ascot winner Berkshire, withdrawn due to fears about the ground.