A day of entries yesterday for the major races of the summer and autumn was notable for the possibility that Galileo may give Yorkshire racegoers a treat by lining up in the International Stakes on 21 August, while Golan, whom he defeated in the Derby, is a surprising and disappointing omission among the St Leger entries.
The 225th renewal of the world's oldest classic has attracted an entry of 62 – four more than last year – but Golan, the 2,000 Guineas winner and Derby runner-up who ran like a horse who would stay the St Leger trip when third in Sunday's Irish Derby, is not among them.
Michael Jarvis's Morshdi, who divided Galileo and Golan on the Curragh, has the Leger as his long-term aim. He has been installed as the 3-1 favourite with Bluesq.com for the Classic. The firm make Mark Johnston's Queen's Vase winner And Beyond a 10-1 chance, while the Michael Stoute pair Beekeeper and Dilshaan, are on 12-1 along with Barry Hills's Royal Ascot winner Storming Home.
The notion that Aidan O'Brien may incorporate the 10-furlong Galileo's programme was given strength when the colt was part of a block entry of 22 by the Ballydoyle trainer for the race yesterday .
O'Brien has also included other luminaries such as his Irish 2,000 Guineas and St James's Palace Stakes winner Black Minnaloushe, and Imagine, the Irish 1,000 Guineas and Oaks victress, in a list totalling 64 for the £450,000 Group One race.Reuse content