Matt Williams concedes the odds are well and truly stacked against warhorse Gailo Chop in the $2 million Group 1 Queen Elizabeth Stakes (2000m) at Randwick.
It’s not that the nine-year-old gelding doesn’t still have the talent to contend over his pet distance against the elite, it’s more a question of fitness.
Watch sport on Kayo. Anywhere. Anytime. Just $25/month, cancel anytime. New to Kayo? Get your 14-day free trial & start streaming instantly >
Second-up after a fading 13th of 13 behind Cascadian in the Doncaster Prelude two weeks ago, Gailo Chop was not knocked about by Glen Boss at Rosehill.
“He didn’t have a really hard run the other day and as a result he’s going into a very strong Group 1 2000m race underdone which is not ideal,” Williams said.
“I need to get this run into him or else it would have been three weeks between runs.
“He’s up there (in Sydney) with Matt Smith, who said his action is great, he’s healthy and bright.
“He’ll need the run on Saturday which will then hopefully bring him on for the JRA Plate (2000m) at Randwick the following week. ”
Gailo Chop finished second to Winx in the 2018 Queen Elizabeth Stakes.Source:News Corp Australia
Winner of three Group 1s at 2000m, Gailo Chop will contest the Queen Elizabeth Stakes for the first time since finishing second to Winx in 2018.
A $151 chance on Saturday, Gailo Chop is one of several victims of the programming chaos wreaked by the coronavirus crisis.
“After the JRA Plate, he’ll come home and have a short break because Sydney and Melbourne will be mostly benchmark racing after that,” Williams said.
“There’s pretty much nothing for him so we’ll get him ready for the Melbourne spring.
“We had looked at taking him to Brisbane for the Hollindale and Doomben Cup, but that’s all changed.
“The JRA Plate will be his grand final.”
Williams helped nurse Gailo Chop back to racing after the import suffered a tendon injury in 2018.
He finished last preparation in stirring fashion with a fighting second to Kay Cee in the Group 1 Kingston Town Classic (1800m) in Perth in December.
QUINNY’S TIPS: BEST BET TO BE WILD RIDE
WEEKEND BEST BETS: EASTER WINDFALL ON CARDS
THE EARLY OIL: RACE-BY-RACE ANALYSIS FOR CAULFIELD
Veteran stayer Gailo Chop has won three Group 1s at 2000mSource:Getty Images
QUEEN ELIZABETH STAKES (2000m, WFA)
RANDWICK, SATURDAY 3.55PM
Track: Soft 6
Rail: Out 4m
Forecast: 25C with chance of showers
THE SKINNY with MICHAEL MANLEY
DANON PREMIUM ($3.80)
Star Japanese performer who has won six of his 10 starts at the highest level. Such is his talent he can boast a win over last year’s Cox Plate winner Lys Gracieux. Two starts ago he finished second to superstar Almond Eye and at his last start to another top horse in Indy Champ. The query with him is that he hasn’t started on a wet track which often is quicksand for Japanese horses.
Top English galloper who held off the flying Verry Elleegant to win the Ranvet Stakes last start at Rosehill. At home he finished second in the Champion Stakes at Ascot in October to top performer Magical with ex Japanese star Deidre in third placing. He also defeated Magic Wand five starts ago at Ascot on a soft track.
TE AKAU SHARK ($5.50)
Kiwi champion whose only run at this distance, which was also his first attempt at it, he finished third in the Cox Plate behind Lys Gracieux. He gave away too big a start on a track which played to on-pacers when third in the George Ryder Stakes to Dreamforce over 1500m at his last start.
MASTER OF WINE ($9)
He’s shaping as the rising star of the Australian turf. Most pundits are saying next spring is when he’ll make his mark but it could be tomorrow. He’s won his last four starts easily – average winning margin 3.5 lengths. Team Hawkes’ trademark is placing their horses in the right company.
VERRY ELLEEGANT ($6.50)
She’s always shown glimpses that she’s something special and now she looks like she’s delivering. Made up many lengths when second to Addeyyb in the Ranvet Stakes and then backed up a week later with an easy win in the Tancred Stakes. She comes back from 2400m to 2000m but no surprise to see her win.
MELODY BELLE ($11)
Top Kiwi mare who put in a typically brave effort with big weight in last week’s Doncaster Mile when she finished fourth. She’s had three starts over 2000m for two wins and a second to Magic Wand in last year’s Mackinnon Stakes.
VOW AND DECLARE ($18)
Last year’s Melbourne Cup winner who seems to be improving with every start. First-up he finished third in the Australian Cup behind Fifty Stars. Danny O’Brien has aimed him at this race and if it turns into a tough staying test he could be the surprise packet.
GAILO CHOP and IMAGING should work forward with ADDEYBB is the likely leader. DANON PREMIUM usually settles handy. VERRY ELLEEGANT is likely to settle mid-field.
If it was a dry track it would be 100% the win DANON PREMIUM but as it’s not let’s split it with 40% the win on him and also on English raider Addeybb. Also place 10% each-way on VOW AND DECLARE.
For the past three years Winx won the George Ryder Stakes before winning this. Te Akau Shark is the only horse to have run in this year’s George Ryder Stakes contesting the Queen Elizabeth Stakes this year. Criterion who won this race five years ago also finished second in the George Ryder Stakes.
Japanese racehorse Danon Premium should thrive in the wet conditions.Source:AAP
TE AKAU SHARK
“I find it hard to split them. Opie Bosson always been very impressed with The Shark all the way through and thought he was one of the best ones we've had so he wanted to stick with him. If he can recapture anywhere near his Chipping Norton win he's going to be right in the thick of the finish.”
“Off her spring form in the Mackinnon where she was beaten by Magic Wand, where if she'd had a little more luck in running and drew a barrier then she was a chance of beating that mare (that day) who boasts world-class form.”
TAB market update: QUEEN ELIZABETH
TAB market update: QUEEN ELIZABETH.
Originally published asGailo back at Group 1 but fitness an issue
Source: Read Full Article