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Ground key to Rock St Leger bid

David Wachman has underlined the importance of fast ground for Galileo Rock as he gears up for next month’s Ladbrokes St Leger.

The Galileo colt was last seen finishing second to Trading Leather in the Irish Derby at the Curragh back in June, with Wachman giving him a mid-season break in preparation for his Classic challenge at Doncaster on September 14.

Galileo Rock has only been out of the frame on one occasion in his five-race career, in the Autumn Stakes last October, and as that effort came on easy ground, Wachman feels quicker conditions are essential for his charge.

"He’s in good shape, all’s good with him, " he said. "He’s on course for the St Leger. The ground is important to him he wants fast ground. He’s had a bit of a break since the Irish Derby and so far, so good."

Meanwhile Eddie Lynam’s sprinting pair Sole Power and Slade Power will head in different Group One directions after their meeting in Friday’s Coolmore Nunthorpe Stakes at York.

Sole Power, winner of this year’s King’s Stand, fared best with a close third behind shock winner Jwala, while the younger colt beat only a couple of the 17 starters home.

"They’re both fine, and I think Sole Power will go to the Prix de l’Abbaye and Slade will probably go for the Betfred Sprint Cup at Haydock," said the County Meath trainer.

"It was one good, one bad, really. Sole Power ran another really good race but Slade lost his chance when he got upset in the stalls.

"Looking at the sectionals, Slade actually ran the fastest furlong of any horse in the race (10.23 seconds) between the four and the three poles, but his chance was gone before that.