Melbourne Cup aspirant Galileo’s Decision continued on the upgrade with victory in the Ballyroan Stakes at Leopardstown.
The Dermot Weld-educated six-year-old completed seventh to Cinders And Ashes in the Supreme Novices’ Hurdle at Cheltenham in March and returned to the flat with a Listed race win at Leopardstown in July.
Stepped up to Group Thee organization, the gelding travelled smoothly in mid-division by means of the early stages before producing his bid off the house turn beneath Pat Smullen.
The move proved a decisive 1 and he had a length and a half in hand in excess of Massiyn on the line.
Paddy Power and Stan James quote Galileo’s Option at 25-one for the Melbourne Cup although TAB Sportsbet has him at 50-1.
Weld will very first seem at the Irish St Leger on September 15.
“It was a very good functionality,” Weld explained.
“I’m thinking about the Irish St Leger for him and he’ll be entered in the Melbourne Cup.
“There was a good deal of really great horses in the race. It was a suitable race, full of Derby winners and Derby-placed horses.”