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Galileo Gold Still In Derby Contention

Wednesday, 11th May 2016

English 2,000 Guineas winner Galileo Gold has not been ruled out of the Epsom Derby according to Al Shaqab's racing adviser Harry Herbert, despite earlier reports to the contrary, reports Racing Post. Trainer Hugo Palmer had previously indicated that Galileo Gold (Paco Boy-Galicuix, by Galileo) would be kept to a mile after genetic testing suggested there was a less than a one per cent chance that the 2400 metres of the Derby would be the colt's best distance. However, Herbert said categorically on Tuesday that the Derby was "not ruled out." Galileo Gold's next assignment is the Irish 2,000 Guineas at the Curragh on 21 May, with a decision about the Derby to be made after that. "We'll see what happens at the Curragh and then plan from there. I wouldn't rule anything out," Herbert said. "It might be that Sheikh Joaan [of Al Shaqab Racing] wants to try him over further." Herbert added: "Next week we will keep him in the Derby and see what happens in Ireland. Sheikh Joaan does not want to just put a line through it and say 'right, that's it, we have no possible chance of running in the Derby, take him out'." Galileo Gold became the first Gr1 winner for his sire Paco Boy when landing the 2,000 Guineas in impressive fashion last start. Paco Boy, a three-time Gr1 winning son of Desert Style (Green Desert), shuttles between Highclere Stud at Newbury in the UK and Waikato Stud in New Zealand.

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