Former British stayer Gatewood has impressed new trainer Chris Waller and could be aimed at the Group 1 2013 Doncaster Mile (1600m) in April.
The import joined Waller’s team following the spring carnival where he raced in three starts under former trainer John Gosden.
After a first-up seventh in the Group 2 Herbert Power Stakes, he bolted home to win the Geelong Cup but could not repeat the feat in the Lexus Stakes with a sixth-place finish meaning he missed Melbourne Cup qualification.
With multiple wins over 2000 metres in the UK to his name, Waller believes the OTI-owned entire may have the attributes to compete in the prestigious Doncaster Mile.
“Chris [Waller] thinks that the speed that he’s got that the Doncaster being a race that suits 2000 metre type horses may suit,” OTI’s Terry Henderson told TVN.
“In his races in England, particular the day that he won at Epsom, he came from an impossible position.”
The five-year-old has raced just 10 times in his career but boasts an impressive record of five wins and two minor placings.
Major results overseas include winning the Listed Wolferton Handicap at Ascot, finishing third in the Group 3 Glorious Stakes at Goodwood and running second in the Group 2 Gran Prix De Deauville in France.
While no plans are set in stone for the son of Galileo, Henderson outlined the 2013 Chipping Norton Stakes in March as a race that is potentially suitable.
OTI’s 2012 autumn star Manighar is unlikely to defend his titles in the Australian Cup, Ranvet Stakes and BMW and will instead by aimed at races later in the autumn as well as the Doomben Cup in Brisbane.
Fellow OTI import My Quest For Peace could fill his shoes with trainer Peter Moody suggesting he is likely to follow a similar path to Manighar last year.
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