Trainer Matthew Williams has confirmed veteran galloper Gailo Chop will once again head over to Perth later this year in the hunt of more Group 1 glory.
The ten-year-old will target both November’s Group 1 Railway Stakes (1600m) and the Group 1 Kingston Town Classic (1800m) the following month, a race he finished second in at 40-1 last year.
The multiple Group 1-winner kicked off his spring campaign in last weekend’s Makybe Diva Stakes (1600m), failing to find his usual leading position after missing the start and ending up the last out of the barriers.
He’ll next target the Group 1 Underwood Stakes (1800m) on September 26 stepping up in trip second-up, followed by a run in the Group 1 Caulfield Stakes (2000m) on October 10, before heading west.
Last spring Gailo Chop had two more runs in Melbourne following the Caulfield Stakes, before placing in the Kingston Town Classic but Williams says this year he’ll make the trip significantly earlier.
“Last year we only took him over for one run and he performed really well, the class suited him better too,” Williams said.
“This year he’ll definitely head over for longer and also run in the Railway.
“I thought his run first-up in the Makybe Diva was okay, it was all over for him after he missed the start and he ended up three wide and he can’t run those sharp sectionals like some of the others.
“He’ll join Harbour Views in the Underwood and I think he’ll show he’s still got a bit left in the old boy, it was disappointing that he didn’t really get his chance first-up but he has a great second-up record too and I’m looking forward to what he can do if it goes his way.”