Gailo Chop Back To His Best

A half hour after clinching the Thousand Guineas with Aloisia, OTI Racing doubled up with Gailo Chop, who was recording a second Group 1 win Down Under but a first since switching to trainer Darren Weir this season. Victorious in the 2015 G1 Mackinnon S. for trainer Antoine de Watrigant, Gailo Chop was seen just twice in 2016 due to an injured tendon: a third in a Chantilly conditions race and a facile seventh in the G1 Dubai Sheema Classic. He was last of 11 behind Hartnell (GB) (Authorized {Ire}) first-up this season in the G2 PB Lawrence S. on Aug. 19, and bounced back to win the Listed Penny Edition S. two weeks later. He was fourth in the G1 Makybe Diva S. another fortnight later before checking in third behind Bonneval (NZ) (Makfi {GB}) in the G1 Underwood S. on Oct. 1. Bouncing to the front from the break, Gailo Chop and Mark Zahra were soon joined by the G1 Australian Derby winner Jon Snow, but they quickly put that rival a length behind again while setting a moderate pace. Gailo Chop kicked a few lengths clear at the top of the lane as Jon Snow failed to respond to Stephen Baster’s urgings and Johannes Vermeer came steaming down the middle of the track. Gailo Chop was too fargone, however, and held on while the Irish-trained runner made a late lunge. Hartnell never fired after traveling midpack throughout and was a bit roughed up in the stretch run, while the dual Group 1-winning mare Bonneval rallied from last into the soft pace but ultimately flattened out late on.

”It was a big thing just to get this horse back to the races let alone back to winning races like this,” Weir told ”He’s such a big horse which made it all the tougher to get him fit, but he’s been gradually getting there and I thought if he could get some cheap sectionals there today, he’d be pretty hard to run down.”

Pedigree Notes…

Gailo Chop is the fifth, and last recorded, produce of Grenoble, a winner over 2400 metres in France. He is the most accomplished runner under his first three dams, with G1 Prix Morny winner The Wow Signal (Ire) (Starspangledbanner {Aus}) appearing further down on the page. Click for the free catalogue-style pedigree.

Saturday, Caulfield, Australia
CAULFIELD S.-G1, A$1,002,750, MRC, 10-14, 3yo/up, Open Weight For Age, 2000mT, 2:02.17, Good.
1–GAILO CHOP (FR), 59.0, g, 6, by Deportivo (GB)
1st Dam: Grenoble (FR), by Marignan (USA)
2nd Dam: Blue Wings (FR), by In the Wings (GB)
3rd Dam: Blue Rider (USA), by Wajima (USA)
O-Oti Racing (Mgr: T Henderson), J Higgins, Mrs F Archibald, L
Webb, Ms D McKeown, Ms M Webb, D Mrs D Miller, A
Mrs P Goodfellow, Werrett Bloodstock, Bobbin Along
Uthmeyer Racing; B-Alain Chopard; T-D K Weir; J-M Zahra;
A$602,750. Lifetime Record: MGSW G1SP-Fr, 21-10-2-3,
A$2,267,297. Werk Nick Rating: A++. Click for the
eNicks report 5-cross pedigree.
2–Johannes Vermeer (IRE), 59.0, c, 4, Galileo (Ire)–Inca Princess
(IRE), by Holy Roman Emperor (IRE). (€300,000 Ylg 2014 Goffs
IRE Orby Sale) O-N C Williams, Mr Mrs L J Williams, A L B A
Green, B N Singer, P Mehrten, J Mrs F Ingham, M Gudinski, V
Sammartino, G T Ryan, Bulla Thoroughbreds (Mgr: M Ruff)
Heffernan; B-Desert Star Phoenix Jvc, IRE; T-A O’Brien;
J-Katelyn Mallyon; A$180,000.
3–Jon Snow (NZ), 58.0, c, 4, Iffraaj (GB)–Orinda (NZ), by O’Reilly
(NZ). (NZ$65,000 Ylg 2015 NZB National Yearling Sale) O-Zame
Partnership; B-R W E Moore, Auckland, NZ; T-M Baker A
Forsman; J-S Baster; A$90,000.
Margins: 0.2 len, 2.7 len, 2.8 len. Odds: 4.50, 30.00, 7.50.
Also Ran: Single Gaze, Inference, Bonneval (NZ), Riven Light (IRE), Abbey Marie, Hartnell (GB), The Taj Mahal (IRE), Calderon (IRE). Click for the Racing Post result. VIDEO.

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