Galen gets another chance in Grand Prix

Promising stayer Galen will get a final chance to prove himself for the Queensland Derby in Saturday’s Group 3 Grand Prix Stakes (2100m) at Eagle Farm.

The Danny O’Brien-trained colt had turned in two excellent efforts over unsuitable distances in his first two starts in Queensland, but was expected to improve over 2020m in last weekend’s Group 3 Rough Habit Plate.

He was travelling well on the inside upon straightening but was checked badly and blocked for a run, ending his race on the spot.

In the end he finished an 11.4 length 13th of 16 behind Empires Choice but was never extended in the straight.

He did come through the run unscathed, though, and will back up in this weekend’s Grand Prix.

“He was just warming up but was knocked over and virtually eased up after that,” O’Brien’s racing manager Aaron Corby said.

“He never really extended himself and it was a disappointing result but he came through it well and gets another chance this weekend.

“On paper his form doesn’t look too flash but we’re pretty confident about his chances in the Derby. His work has been super and his runs have been solid given he’s a mile and half horse.”

Running on Saturday will mean he runs on three consecutive weeks but given he was never extended last start the stable feel he needs a run to have him primed for the Derby.

Although the bigger track at Eagle Farm will be in his favour this Saturday, the extra journey next Saturday will be ideal for the Galileo colt.

He is currently a $23.00 chance with Sportingbet for the Saturday week’s Queensland Derby and will be ridden by Steven Arnold.

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