Pearl Of A Win
May 14, 2016
Suited by a rise in distance and a drop in class - and aided by a great ride by Michael Walker on his comeback from injury - Galileo's Pearl continued the stable's great run at Geelong on Friday.
Sent out favourite in the 2200m maiden, the lightly raced four-year-old took a sit after beginning well but when the pace slackened from the 1000m he was away and running - taking the lead and holding a strong margin of 1 1/4 lengths to the line.
"He is not a horse with a great turn of foot," Michael Walker said, "but he can make a long run so when they eased up I took off and obviously being a Mick Kent horse he was very fit."
A deserved winner having finished in the placings at each of his previous four starts, Galileo's Pearl is raced by a big group headed by Australian Thoroughbred Bloodstock whose Darren Dance was on course.
"He is a bit of a grinder this horse so I was rapt to see Michael show that initiative and take off," he said.
Whilst Dance has considered the gelding "a bit disappointing" to date he conceded that being a son of Galileo, the good looking bay is only going to improve.
"You would think he would get better with age," he said.
Bred on a 2 X 3 cross of Galileo's sire Sadler's Wells, Galileo's Pearl is out of the imported Danehill Dancer mare String Of Pearls, a 3/4 sister to the Group Two winner Infamous Angel.