High profile international trainer Dermot Weld will be aiming to claim his third title in Australia’s biggest race when Galileo’s Choice steps out in the 2012 Melbourne Cup (3200m) on Tuesday week.
Weld is the only British trainer to have won the Melbourne Cup, with Vintage Crop winning in 1993 and Media Puzzle saluting nine years later in 2002.
Six-year-old gelding Galileo’s Choice is guaranteed a start in the $6 million staying test and will head to Flemington on Wednesday to get used to the surrounds.
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Weld has declined the opportunity to five him a proper gallop at Flemington and the son of Galileo will instead be put through his paces at Werribee tomorrow morning.
Weld’s son Mark is in Australia overseeing his preparation and said there were no complications arising out of an incident on Saturday when he dumped rider Tom Daley during a gallop at Werribee.
“There was no harm with him just running around,” Weld said.
Galileo’s Choice brings with terrific form with him to Australia, having won the Listed Challenge Stakes (2800m) and the Group 3 Ballyroan Stakes (2400m) in Ireland prior to arriving.
He currently sits on the eight line of betting in the Melbourne Cup market, paying $20.00.
The market has been adjusted following the latest round of acceptances this morning and as expected it is dominated by overseas horses.
The past two winners, Dunaden and Americain, are equal favourites at $6.50 despite having to carry 59kg and 58kg respectively.
Luca Cumani’s Mount Athos ($9.00) is just behind the pair with last y ear’s runner-up Red Cadeaux the next in the market at $11.00.
Maluckyday is the top Australian horse at $13.00 with Cox Plate fourth place-getter Ethiopia ($15.00) firming considerably following Saturday’s result.