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Imported galloper Brigantin has what it takes to be competitive and record their first win down under in Friday’s Gosford Gold Cup 2014 according to their new trainer Chris Waller.
A seven-year-old Cozzene stallion, the American-bred Brigantin kicked off their career in France where they enjoyed plenty of Group success including a number of Group 1 minor placings.
They were bought over for a shot at the Melbourne Spring Racing Carnival riches in 2012 but had just the one run when a luckless third in the Geelong Cup missing out on a start in the cup majors.
After spending over 10 months on the sidelines they returned to begin their career down under in earnest with trainer Pat Carey.
Carey however had no success with them last spring, the horse failing to finish better than seventh.
In a bid to get them back on track connections involved them in a stable swap with leading Sydney horseman Waller taking over.
Brigantin had their maiden run for Waller first-up at Canterbury on December 28 and ran a brave fifth behind Messene when blocked for a run in a 1550m handicap won by up-and-comer Messene.
Waller was happy with their efforts that day and is tipping improvement on Friday when they run second-up in the $125,000 Listed Gosford Gold Cup (2100m) going up to a more suitable distance.
“He ran really well first-up,” Waller said according to AAP.
“The 1550 metre race was a pipe-opener. He came to us pretty forward from Pat Carey (in Victoria) so fitness is not a concern.
“I think he can go well.”
Waller has also nominated for I’m Imposing in this year’s Gosford Gold Cup.
The veteran Danehill Dancer eight-year-old is likely to start one of the favourites too after their last start win in the Group 3 Summer Cup (2000m) at Randwick on Boxing Day.
Another import, I’m Imposing was originally trained in the UK for Sir Michael Stoute before coming down under to be trained by Robert Hickmott in late 2010.
They’ve been with Waller since early last year having spent nearly 12 months sidelined with injury before that.
Their Summer Cup success came seven runs into their time with Waller.
The official Gosford Gold Cup 2014 final field and barriers are due out tomorrow and will be published right here at Races.com.au.
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