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Leopardstown

  • 17:10 Kilternan Stakes 1m 2f

  • (Group 3) €57,500 added 3yo+ 7 ran
  • Winner €37,375 2nd €10,925 3rd €5,175 4th €1,725
  • Going: Good
  • Surface: Turf
    Weighed In
  • Winning time: 2m 5.68s
  • Off time: 17:10:43

Choice fuels Melbourne dream

Trainer vindicated over Melbourne entry

Last Updated: 03/09/11 5:37pm

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Weld: On target at Leopardstown

Weld: On target at Leopardstown

Galileo's Choice landed the Kilternan Stakes at Leopardstown for Dermot Weld and Pat Smullen.

The five-year-old was a winner over hurdles at the Galway Festival and subsequently followed up over two miles and a furlong at Killarney.

Dropping back to a mile and a quarter here, Smullen's mount (13-2) took a couple of lengths out of the field before the turn for home and maintained his advantage to score by a length and a quarter.

Aidan O'Brien's Look At Me finished off her race well to fill the runner-up spot, but her stablemate Viscount Nelson, the 13-8 favourite, was a big disappointment.

Weld said: "That was very pleasing, and it was a very good ride by Pat.

"He's a very adaptable horse and I thought he'd win as he'd been working very well. I wanted to see if he had this kind of pace.

"I've entered him in the Melbourne Cup. Everybody thought I'd gone mad, but I might not have.

"He's a horse with a lot of talent and a horse who has had lots of little problems, but hopefully he can continue on his way."

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