Gales thwarted by firm ground.
Herb Stanley, Merry Gale's owner, had been keen to run his veteran stayer and then consider retiring the 11-year-old after the race.
Explaining Merry Gale's absence, trainer Jim Dreaper's wife, Patricia, said yesterday: "Whereas he acted on very good ground in the past, Jim thinks he really needs a bit of cut at this stage of his career and the owner agreed.
"The horse isn't being retired just yet, and when we get a bit of an ease we will find another race for him."
Paddy Mullins, trainer of Siberian Gale, who had been one of the leading fancies for the race, said yesterday: "The ground was getting quite lively on Monday night when I checked it out, and with more sunshine today it is going to be very fast for the Plate.
"There's no way I would risk Siberian Gale on it."
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|Publication:||The Racing Post (London, England)|
|Date:||Jul 28, 1999|
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