Irish trainer Dermot Weld is confident that Galileo’s Choice has what it takes to win the 2012 Emirates Melbourne Cup.
The handler is preparing to saddle his dual-purpose raider in the world famous race and Weld is confident that he has the right blend of speed and stamina to land a blow in the Group One contest.
The Curragh trainer has won the race twice in the past, with Vintage Crop in 1993 and Media Puzzle nine years later and he will be hoping to score in the race again.
Galileo’s Choice, who contested the Supreme Novices’ Hurdle at the 2012 Cheltenham Festival, will take his chance in the Gain Horse Feeds Irish St Leger at the Curragh on Saturday week, but the six-year-old has the Melbourne Cup as his long-term goal.
Weld explained: "He's a good, tough horse. He's in the Irish St Leger, and I think he's the sort of horse that could represent us well.
"To win the Melbourne Cup it's the old cliche, you need a stayer with speed.
"He's a Group winner over 10 furlongs, he's a Group winner over a mile and a half and he's a stakes winner over a mile and six."
The 2012 Melbourne Cup will take place on Tuesday 6th November as the Spring Racing Carnival begins to kick into life.