Derby aim for Galen

IN-FORM trainer Danny O'Brien says an untimely injury last spring could prove a long-term benefit for Galen.

Galen had shaped as a major Victoria Derby player last spring, beating a handful of the top staying three-year-olds over 1800m at Flemington in early October.

However a wrenched joint a fortnight later in the Norman Robinson Stakes at Caulfield thwarted any blue-riband aspirations, at least at the time.

"He's come back in really good order and who knows, missing the Derby as a spring three-year-old might work in his favour," O'Brien said.

Galen will use a 1600m Class 6 at Eagle Farm tomorrow as a key lead-up to the Queensland Derby (Group 1 2400m) at Eagle Farm on June 9.

Galen resumed from the time off with an eye-catching sixth over 1400m at Caulfield on April 9.

"He's a pretty good staying three-year-old. In the spring he was right up there with Danever and Gorky Park, who ended up being very competitive (second) in the Derby," O'Brien said.

After a quiet six months O'Brien's stable is firing.

He had a double at Moonee Valley on Wednesday and Splashing Out laid her Queensland Oaks claim with an impressive 1600m win in Brisbane on Saturday.

by Matt Stewart - HeraldSun

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