Exceptional French galloper Gailo Chop is poised to compete in this year’s Cox Plate.
OTI Racing director Terry Henderson revealed the rising star, who is about to race in the Prince of Wales’s Stakes at Royal Ascot, is set to make the trip to Melbourne for the Spring.
The OTI Racing team bought Gailo Chop last year and he continues to impress, winning six of his nine starts, including his last outing at Group 2 level at Deauville.
“He’s quite a special horse,” Henderson told Racing.com’s Racing Ahead on RSN. “He was France’s highest-rated three-year-old last year.
“He’s on the radar to come to Melbourne later in the year for particularly the Cox Plate.
“At this stage we’re very happy with the guy who trains him, Antoine de Watrigant. We’ve got no intention of making any changes there.
“This is a horse that could campaign anywhere around the world from Europe.”
Henderson is confident the son of Deportivo will acquit himself well in next week’s Group 1.
“He’ll compete well in the Prince of Wales’s Stakes, he would probably prefer a bit of sting out of the ground, but if he gets that over the 2000m he’ll certainly make his presence felt,” he said.
Etna, a recent acquisition by OTI Racing, is also set run at Royal Ascot in the Duke of Edinburgh on the Saturday before coming out to Australia.
Meanwhile, promising stayer Tall Ship, who won the Warrnambool Cup last month, is unlikely to embark on a cups campaign this Spring.
“Our ambitions for this Spring with him are not at the top level,” Henderson said.
“He’s still only a four-year-old and what we’re saying at this stage is that we’ll bring him along with races like the Queen Elizabeth and perhaps Sandown Classic in mind and see what happens.
“We’re not racing to get him into the cups this year, but he’s certainly a horse with potential.”