Boss predicts bright winter for Galen

Underestimate Victorian Galen in the major Brisbane three-year-old races at your own peril.


That was the advice from Glen Boss after he partnered the Danny O'Brien-trained colt into fifth place in the John Holland Mile (1600m) at Eagle Farm.


Boss has an embarrassment of riches from which to choose in the upcoming three-year-old features and stopped short of committing himself to the Galen ride.


"That was a very, very good run," Boss said.


"Danny told me he kept him a bit on the fresh side for the mile today and he looked above himself in the enclosure and that's the way he raced."


Boss' other option is to ride impressive Queensland Day Plate winner Reigning To Win in the feature lead-up races to the Queensland Derby at Eagle Farm on June 9, but the Group One maestro played his cards close to his chest when comparing that horse with Galen.


"I'm not sure which way I'll go but this horse (Galen) is a definite mile-and-a-half (2400m) horse," Boss said.


"That's his go, he's one-paced and he keeps grinding. He'll be right in the races coming up."


Starting the well-supported $3.20 favourite, Galen went forward off his awkward draw and raced unkindly for Boss for the majority of the trip before tiring in the final 100m to finish fifth, less than a length behind the winner Upilio.


by Grant Stockwell - AAP Racing


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