Gailo Chop Wins Caulfield Stakes Bonneval Might Miss Caulfield Cup
Gailo Chop has been resurrected after missing two quite a bit of racing with various tendon injuries of the sort that many horses, as well as humans, never truly recover.
The seven-year-old gelding by Great Britain’s Deportivo from France’s Grenoble may have seven years on his calendar, but his clock only shows five, as the 21 time starter has had some unintended spells, so expectations ahead of his win in the Group 1 Caulfield Stakes last Saturday were muted, although he jumped third-favourite ($5.50) behind Bonneval ($3.70) and Hartnell ($4.20).
He has been running in 2017, beginning with the Group 2 P.B. Lawrence Stakes (1400 m) at Caulfield in August, where he finished at the end of the 11-horse field in a race won by Hartnell.
He then won a Listed race, followed by a fourth in the Group 1 Makybe Diva Stakes (1600 m) and a third in the Group 1 Underwood Stakes (1800 m).
This time out, he got the better of his rivals, with Bonneval 4.5 lengths back in sixth position and Hartnell six lengths back in ninth.
The other key story to emerge from the Caulfield Stakes was that Bonneval was injured during the race, with lameness in her nearside foreleg and a cut to her offside hind.
She is still the $5.50 favourite for the Caulfield Cup on the 21st, but she will have to be declared fit by the stewards before she is cleared to take part.
As for Gailo Chop, his return to good form was a welcome sight for trainer Darren Weir and rider Mark Zahra. Gailo Chop looked to be a star back in 2013, winning four consecutive before returning to Australia in October of 2015 to win the Group 1 Mackinnon Stakes (2000 m) after serving as a witness to the first Cox Plate victory by Winx.