Smullen smitten by Choice
No concerns over ground for Irish raider
Last Updated: September 23, 2012 2:00pm
Galileo's Choice: Fancied to run well in the Melbourne Cup
Pat Smullen believes Galileo's Choice represents his best chance of winning the Emirates Melbourne Cup at Flemington on November 6.
The multiple champion jockey is hoping to give trainer Dermot Weld a remarkable third triumph in the race that stops a nation.
Smullen is happy with the 8st 6lb allotted to Galileo's Choice in the big race that Weld won with Vintage Crop in 1993 and Media Puzzle in 2002.
"I'm really looking forward to the ride. It's one of the world's greatest races and a race I'd dearly love to win. I think I've got a very good ride in it this year," Smullen told At The Races.
"He's got in well at the weights and the boss (Dermot Weld) can obviously ready one up for the race so hopefully that will be the case.
"This race has always been in the boss' mind for this horse. He's has done very well for us this year and he goes in there with a good profile for the race.
"I think he will handle quick ground well and equally if they get rain over there and it comes up on the easy side it won't matter. He's very adaptable ground wise, so hopefully we'll have no worries on that score."
Galileo's Choice is a 25-1 chance with Sky Bet for the Melbourne Cup.