The weekly review and preview

A brief look back at our recent runners.

Our Bazaar (5th) put in a good first-up run over 1600m at Mornington on Wednesday. He will improve off this run and further distance.

Praecereus (8th) put in a less than pleasing effort at Mornington on Wednesday over 1600m.

Plymouth Road (7th) did not enjoy the firm ground on Thursday at Geelong over 2200m. He will now be transferred to a Sydney stable for the better-suited, softer tracks, we will then expect to see him return to form.

Gallic Chieftain (2nd) finished strongly on Saturday over 2000m at Flemington after getting quite far back in the field, beaten by a neck. It was a good performance, given he is still young and has much to learn.

Tucano (7th) ran an even race at Flemington on Saturday over 1600m. This boy is still gaining his race fitness and will be better over further.

Lord Van Percy (2nd) looked the winner on the turn but was beaten by one better at Flemington on Saturday over 2500m. He will now be aimed for the Bagot Handicap on New Years Day.

Caillebotte (4th) put in an improved performance on Saturday at the Gold Coast over 1800m.

St Rumon (4th) ran an even race on Sunday at Bendigo over 1300m. Being his first-up run since May. He is still green and will improve off this performance.

Timely Reminder (4th) had a pleasing stable debut for Matt Williams. He was made to work early in the race and battled to the line gamely on Sunday at Horsham over 1400m.

Thanos (1st) broke his maiden status at Bendigo on Sunday over 1600m. This is a pleasing result for his connections and we look forward to his future runs.

Coming up this week….

Fastnet Blast has accepted for a 2000m race at Kempton on Tuesday.

Stone Warrior is set to run at Sandown on Wednesday in a BM64 over 1400m. After a pleasing first-up win to break his maiden status, this fellow comes into the race with good form.

Renew has been nominated for a 2400m race at Sandown on Saturday. Stepping up to his preferred distance, we should see an improved performance.

Night’s Watch is aimed for a 1400m race on Boxing Day at Ellerslie in NZ. After a strong win on debut at Ellerslie, this talented 3yo will be hard to beat.

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All eyes on Gallic


You may have heard of Gallic Chieftain during the spring, or perhaps seen a photo of him at the beach with Melbourne Cup hopeful, Grey Lion, being ridden by the beautiful Francesca Cumani. This fiery little chestnut has now stepped out from Grey Lion’s shadow and people are taking notice.

He accompanied Grey Lion to Australia and the two spent their time in quarantine working together.  A young three-year-old working in such company must have been an advantage, as the two horses couldn’t be more different.


Grey Lion, the calm, gentle giant and his side-kick, Gallic –constantly on his toes, looking wary with his white eye.  Although small – he is very strong. Since arriving to Australia, Gallic has gone from strength to strength.  His Australian debut on Geelong Cup day, was very promising.  Although green, he made up 4 lengths over the last 300m.  His 2nd up run was similar.  After getting too far back in the run, he finished off the race very strongly, showing a great turn of foot.  He finished 4th in both races.

On Pakenham Cup day, Gallic Chieftain was dominant, winning running away by 3 lengths.  This was despite him being distracted in the straight by the crowd.  Craig Williams was very impressed with the horse’s effort and said post-race ‘once he gets it all together, he’s going to be a very exciting horse for you all’. The most pleasing aspect of this run was how much the horse still has to learn and the further improvement still to come.  The horse is still very raw.


This Saturday he will be stepping up to city class at Flemington over 2000m in a BM84.  This will be his toughest challenge to date.  Luke Nolan takes the ride again, after riding him in his Aust debut at Geelong.  He currently tops the betting markets, despite the challenging wide barrier draw of 15.  If he puts in a similar performance to Pakenham, we should see him in the finish. Click here to view the field.

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‘Gailo Chop joins DK Weir army’

Click here to read’s article on Gailo Chop’s tendon rehabilitation and race plans for 2017. Below is a segment featured on regarding OTI news including; Kellstorm, Gailo Chop and Gallic Cheiftain.

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