Gallopin to bypass Eclipse

Flemington trainer Danny O'Brien will bypass this Saturday's Eclipse Stakes with progressive gelding Gallopin.

The in-form four-year-old, with two wins and a second placing from three starts this campaign, will instead start over 2000m at Moonee Valley on Saturday week.

The stable have a high opinion of the Pins gelding but won't throw him in the deep end of this Saturday's Group 3 race just yet.

“He's going really well but we just don't think he's seasoned enough to be taking on those sorts of horses,” O'Brien's racing manager Aaron Corby said.

“There's an easier race at Moonee Valley on Saturday week which is the immediate aim but he might take on some tougher open staying races in December.”

Gallopin has started only nine times for four wins and three placings.

As the spring carnival draws to a close the stable is likely to have just one runner engaged in Escadaire in the Rawdon Handicap (1300m).

The gelding backs up after leading throughout over 1300m at Sandown Lakeside last weekend.

“His effort on Saturday was top notch as they all had their chance to run him down,” Corby said.

“He gets in well at the weights this weekend, has pulled up terrific and appreciates racing.”

Meanwhile Pleasantsundaygirl, the second leg of a winning double for the stable last weekend, has been sent to the paddock to prepare for the autumn.

The filly has had just four career starts, winning three and finishing second behind Belcentra in the Lexus Stakes over the carnival.

She scored a stakes win in the Listed Whitelion Cup last Saturday and will now be aimed at the fillies distance races in either Sydney or Adelaide in the autumn.

“We think she'll be better over more ground. She will come back and probably have a couple of runs over the Melbourne carnival before we look at either the Sydney or Adelaide Oaks races.”

Stablemate Bold Moment, who finished third in the same race, is another the stable have a good opinion of but will keep going over the next month.

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