Galileo’s Choice Unlikely To Target Melbourne Cup
Dermot Weld has expressed frustration at a ‘confusing’ Melbourne Cup qualifications process he says left him uncertain and baffled.
It appears as if Galileo’s Choice will not be making the trip to Australia this year given he will be forced to qualify the horse before gaining entry.
Weld was informed yesterday that his horse wouldn’t pass the first ballot for the race based on his current record.
Last Saturday the horse won over 10 furlongs in the Group 3 Kilternan Stakes at Lepardstown, however the distance fell short of the cut off point for qualification races.
As it stands the requirements are that a horse either win at listed level, finish in the top three at Group 2 and Group 3 level or finish in the top five at Group 1 level in a race covering at least 11 and a half furlongs.
Weld has trained two Melbourne Cup champions in the past with Vintage Crop and Media Puzzle but says it looks as if a third is off for this year at least.
“It looks as if we are pretty well stymied,” he said.
“The Melbourne Cup conditions are extremely complex and I’ve been informed that Galileo’s Choice, despite winning a conditions race over an extended two miles and a Group 3 over 1m2f in recent weeks, will not survive the first ballot.
“It’s very frustrating. It is about time they had a good look at the qualifying conditions for the race and simplified things a bit.
“It makes little sense that a Listed-race winner over just short of 1m4f is guaranteed a run whereas a Group winner over 1m2f is not.
“It is highly unlikely that we will try and qualify Galileo’s Choice at this stage as it doesn’t really look practical to do so.”
Galileo’s Choice had been a 50-1 chance for the 2011 Melbourne Cup.