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COX PLATE HOPEFUL SETTLING IN

Cox Plate hopeful Gold Trip is in good condition according to co-trainer David Eustace after the UK import, who is heading towards a date with the Moonee Valley feature, showed excellent condition in recent track work

Gold Trip arrives in Australia ahead of Cox Plate

Gold trip arrived in Melbourne on a long flight from the UK on Saturday and headed immediately to his new temporary home at Werribee to complete two weeks of quarantine.

Once completing his two week quarantine period, Gold Trip will then be relocated into the care of co-trainers Ciaron Maher and David Eustace at either there Ballarat or Caulfield stables to continue his Cox Plate lead up.

Despite already spending a fortnight in quarantine in Newmarket, before flying to Australia, the French Stallion has arrived in excellent condition according to Eustace.

“He had a gallop last week and my brother was looking after him and he was able to exercise him how we wanted him to,” Eustace said.

“He came over a reasonably fit horse anyway.”

In recent years the Werribee track has had its fair share of critics with a number of horses getting injured as a result of the poor surface. However Eustace remains unconcerned while Gold Trip builds through his campaign.

“To be honest, we’ve never had any issues with Werribee,” Eustace said.

“The track is a soft (5) there and it has been fine.

“They all get the opportunity to gallop at The Valley anyway so he’ll have another swinging canter at Werribee, but his main gallop will be at The Valley before the race.

“He doesn’t really need a lot of work now.”

Gold Trip travels to Australia a Group 2 winner in Europe and having also mixed it with the best when finishing 4th in the Prix de L’Arc de Triomphe with some extremely talented runners. 

Gold trip currently sits as an $11 shot for the Cox Plate.

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