(Last week - 9) Here we go again. Trainer Aidan O’Brien would like to run Gleneagles this Saturday in the Queen Elizabeth II Stakes on Qipco British Champions Day. But the ground at Ascot is presently rated good-to-soft, and Gleneagles prefers his footing firmer. O’Brien has already scratched Gleneagles from four major stakes in the last four months due to the footing, and it could happen again this week. But whether he runs Saturday or not, Gleneagles is being pointed to the Classic as his end-of-year target. Running in the QEII would give him only two weeks to the Classic plus a trans-Atlantic flight and quarantine, but that schedule is less concerning given his lack of racing so far this year. Gleneagles hasn’t started since the St. James’s Palace Stakes on June 16, having earlier taken the Irish 2,000 Guineas on May 23 and English 2,000 Guineas on May 2. His three starts this season have all been at one mile, and he has never gone farther, but he has the kind of tactical speed that translates well to American dirt racing. The main problem, though, is that his pedigree is a mixed bag for dirt. His sire, Galileo, finished 6th in the 2001 Classic. Three of Galileo’s sons have competed in dirt Breeders’ Cup races, all in the Marathon: one was eased, one was beaten 40 lengths and the other beaten 20 lengths. But Gleneagles’ dam is a full-sister to Giant’s Causeway, who lost by a neck to Tiznow in the 2000 Classic.