Gatewood claims Geelong glory

  • Last Updated: October 24 2012, 8:48 BST

Gatewood atoned for a luckless run on his Australian debut when landing the Geelong Cup for trainer John Gosden.

Gatewood (left): Claimed the Geelong Cup

The four-year-old finished seventh in a Group Two event at Caulfield earlier this month after a troubled passage but suffered no such problems in running this time.

Ridden by Corey Brown at Caulfield, Glen Boss stepped in for the mount at Geelong and Gatewood produced a nice turn of foot for him in the straight, prevailing by just under a length from Chateau Margaux.

Andre Fabre's French raider Brigantin was back in third in the 12-furlong event.

Last year's Melbourne Cup winner Dunaden won this Group Three contest before going on to Flemington, as did 2010 hero Americain and Dermot Weld's Media Puzzle back in 2002.

Racing Victoria handicapper Greg Carpenter will announce on Thursday whether Gatewood will be handed a penalty for the Melbourne Cup, a race he is not certain to make the field for at present.

"That was revenge for the Herbert Power," said Gosden's stable representative Marcel Koren.

"The race worked out really well for the horse, he was in a good position, he gave him a brilliant ride so we we're very happy.

"We had to (win) to get in the Cup but now we are relaxed. We'll do everything to get him fresh and happy again in two weeks' time."

Boss added: "He went very, very quick and he was quick through the line.

"He sprinted very quickly and there was a moment there where he just sort of plateaued for about 100 metres and then about 200 metres from the line he just got going again and ran through the line.

"He had no chance the other day, so he's got here on fresh legs and he was able to reproduce the sprint. Step him up over distance I reckon he'll be able to reproduce that," he told Racing Victoria.


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