Aug 06, 2017
What a wonderful preparation Galileo's Pearl has been enjoying, at Sandown on Sunday recording his third gutsy victory in a row... having to dig deep to reel in leader Blazers who was travelling well.
But dig he did, gaining over the upperhand over the very final stages with jockey Michael Walker reporting that he was always confident with a handy trick up his sleeve.
"He is a funny horse, when you hit him with the right hand he does enough but if you then switch to the left he finds another gear, he did it last time so I had it mind again for today."
"The horse in front of me kept running out in front of me but I knew he'd find that extra gear."
That's four rides for four wins for Walker on Galileo's Pearl and he dedicated this latest win to the memory of a treasured family member - "that's for my Nan who died a few years ago," he said, "it's her birthday today."
Walker was keen to praise the efforts of the stable in getting Galileo's Pearl back from injury and into such great form - "Mick Kent's horses are always fit, healthy and ready to run," he said.
Also happy was Australian Thoroughbred Bloodstock's Darren Dance... "that was fantastic," he enthused.
"He had an issue last year, had the year off as we rehabbed him, doing a lot of work with him up and down the road. Mick has done a great job with him and it's good that all these owners have stuck by the horse whilst we went through the motions of getting him right, it is a great outcome for everyone involved."
In demanding conditions Sunday's race became a real staying test, something for which Galileo's Pearl is certainly bred for being a son of Galileo (also sire of Sunday's Crisp Steeplechase winner Wells) bred on a 2 X 3 cross of Sadler's Wells.