Galen puts Derby credentials on line

Promising stayer Galen will give an indication of his Queensland Derby credentials when he tackles this weekend’s Group 3 Chairman’s Handicap (2020m) at Doomben.

The Danny O’Brien-trained three-year-old has 53kg as he takes on the older horses but will be suited by the longer journey.

He comes into the race third-up from a spell, his latest effort a pleasing half length fifth behind Upilio over a mile at Eagle Farm.

“We were rapt with his run last start,” O’Brien’s racing manager Aaron Corby said.

“He’s an out-and-out mile and a half horse. This will be a good guide as to where he’s at as he gets to a more suitable distance but it won’t be until the Derby that he’s at his best.

“Following this he’ll go to the Rough Habit Plate (2020) over the same track and distance next start then the Derby a fortnight later.”

Galen is also entered for the Doomben Classic (1600m), the more traditional lead-up to the Derby, in case he doesn’t gain a start in the Chairman’s Handicap.

In the Classic he would come up against the likes of Reigning To Win, who is the early Derby favourite at $4.40 with Sportingbet, but the longer race is the preferred option.

Galen, a colt by Galileo, was to have run in the Victoria Derby during the spring but sprained a tendon on the Tuesday before the big race and was sent for a spell instead.

One of his two career wins includes an 1800m success at Flemington, which was followed by a luckless ninth in the Group 2 Norman Robinson Stakes (2000m) behind Get Square.

Galen is currently a $17.00 chance for the Group 1 Queensland Derby (2400m), at Eagle Farm on June 9.

Owned in Hong Kong by Keith Hsu, Galen may end up there next season in the hope of winning the prestigious Hong Kong Derby.

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