Sydney’s premier horseman Chris Waller has confirmed his imported stayer Gatewood will target The BMW 2013 this Sydney Autumn Racing Carnival and miss another thoroughbred major in the Doncaster Mile.
Formerly prepared in England by John Gosden Galileo stallion Gatewood travelled down under during the spring following some promising form back home, including a second to Masterstroke in the Group 2 Prix De Deauville (2500m), to target the iconic Melbourne Cup.
Their debut down under was a luckless seventh to French raider Shahwardi in the Group 2 Herbert Power Stakes (2400m) at Caulfield before they showed nice improvement to take out the Group 3 Geelong Cup (2400m) 11 days later.
Despite their Geelong Cup success it wasn’t enough to get them into the Melbourne Cup field and they attempted to sneak in with a win in the Group 3 Lexus Stakes (2500m) on Derby Day.
It wasn’t to be however with Gatewood only managing to finish sixth to their now stablemate Kelinni.
They stayed on in Australia and are now prepared by Waller in Sydney who will set them towards elite level glory during the Sydney Autumn Racing Carnival.
Originally considered for the $2 million Group 1 Doncaster Mile (1600m) at Randwick on April 20, Waller has since made the decision to focus instead on the $2.25 million Group 1 The BMW (2400m) at Rosehill two weeks earlier.
“I don’t want to bugger him up over the shorter distances so he will be on a BMW path,” he said.
“He’s settled into the stable well and will take a traditional path to the BMW.”
In the current The BMW odds, led by the Gai Waterhouse-trained The Metropolitan winner Glencadam Gold at $7, Gatewood is one of the top five fancies at a short $13.
They will trial on Friday morning at Warwick Farm in a crack heat that also features Group 1 winning three-year-olds Pierro and It’s A Dundeel.
Another spring star nearing their new season debut for Waller is then four-time Group 1 winner Shoot Out.
The now six-year-old High Chaparral gelding enjoyed a stellar autumn preparation last season winning the Group 1 Chipping Norton Stakes (1600m) third-up at Warwick Farm when defeating stablemate Danleigh by two lengths.
From there Shoot Out would run a close third behind Peter Moody’s imported champ Manighar in the Group 1 Ranvet Stakes (2000m) before their second to super mare More Joyous in the Group 1 Doncaster Mile (1600m) at Royal Randwick.
After a spring of mixed results headlined by their first-up Group 1 George Main Stakes victory Shoot Out is nearing their new season return this autumn.
Last seen running fifth to Ocean Park in the Group 1 Cox Plate (2040m) at Moonee Valley on October 27, they will go first-up into the Group 2 Apollo Stakes (1400m) at Warwick Farm on February 23 before defending their title in the 2013 Chipping Norton Stakes a fortnight later.
They were to have had a barrier trial at Randwick on Tuesday morning but heavy rain saw the hitouts cancelled and rescheduled for Monday.
Waller was not worried about the washout however, Shoot Out given a searching gallop at Rosehill instead.
“We found out about five minutes before we were due to go to Randwick that they were off so we gave him a gallop at Rosehill instead,” Waller said.
“He would have only had two gallops after the trial so this way he just has three gallops instead.”
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