Gallopin given a low-key campaign

Caulfield Cup winning trainer Danny O'Brien has chosen a low-key campaign for Gallopin which he hopes will translate into stakes race wins for the four-year-old later in his career.

O'Brien decided against running Gallopin in last Saturday's Group Three Eclipse Stakes (1800m) and has the gelding earmarked for a less ambitious restricted race for 89 rated horses over 2040 metres at Moonee Valley on Saturday.

O'Brien's racing manager Aaron Corby said Gallopin may have run well in the Eclipse but his lack of experience was against him.

"It would have been throwing him in at the deep end in a race like that," Corby said.

"It may have just been a little bit too soon for him.

"It was thought that a better option was to take him through a more progressive campaign rather than throw him straight into a Group Three race.

"He's a horse that, given time, is going to improve. He's still only lightly-raced."

By New Zealand-based sire Pins, Gallopin has started only nine times.

He was unplaced at his first two New Zealand starts but since joining O'Brien's Flemington stables has developed to win four races and finish second three times.

He won twice on the provincial circuit as a three-year-old before being freshened-up for a campaign during the spring when he raced three times for two wins and a second.

After scoring first up at Seymour he was beaten in a photo finish by The Wolverine at Caulfield on October 17 before a strong last start victory over Stedman and The Wolverine in an 1800m race at Flemington on Oaks Day.

"He looks an improving type of horse and this time next year he might be well suited to the Eclipse or even races a fraction better," Corby said.

Saturday's Moonee Valley meeting is relatively light with just 99 horses nominated and entries extended for six of the eight races.

Only 12 horses have been entered against Gallopin including Dance On Board, Don't Stop, Hurricane Gust, Joontoo Gemini, Macau Causeway, Perusen, Road To Athens, Speedymac and Tahnee Tango.

Only eight horses are entered for the 1000m Plate for two-year-old fillies and the three-year-old Sprint (1200m) while nine horses have been nominated for the 1600m three-year-old Handicap.

There are 10 entries for the mares Mile over 1600m headed by South Australian Oaks placegetter Princess Marizza and 13 for the Mile Handicap (1600m) including Saturday's Sandown winner Mr Baritone.

The biggest entry was 21 for the Open Sprint (1200m) with the highest rated horses being Stickpin ahead of Threedee, Kelthorpe, Dismissal, Anna's Choice, Bowhunter, Snort, and Diamond Cove.

by Robert Windmill - AAP Racing

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