Gallopin to Bagot

Progressive stayer Gallopin has his final lead-up to the Bagot Handicap at Flemington on Saturday in the Johnstaff Projects Plate (2000m).

The in-form galloper, prepared at the track and ridden by the equally in-form combination of Danny O'Brien and James Winks, is being aimed at the Listed Bagot Handicap on New Year's Day over 2500m on the same track.

He has been in top form with three wins and a second from four starts this campaign, including a gutsy last start win at Moonee Valley over 2040m when headed by Road To Athens before fighting back to win.

On Saturday he steps out in open grade but with the light weight and small field will no doubt prove the one to beat again.

“We've been really pleased with him,” O'Brien's racing manager Aaron Corby said. “His win last start was exceptional where he kept fighting.

“He looks suited in this race. It's a small field, he's down nicely in the weights and has won his only start at the track. He'll be on the speed from the inside gate and we'd expect him to run well again.

“This is his final lead-up to the Bagot and much of the field will be made up of runners in this race and the 2500m Handicap (Western Health Cup), so if he performs well you'd think he would measure up to the Bagot.”

Gallopin, a four-year-old by Pins, has raced only 10 times for five wins and three minors with both unplaced runs occurring in New Zealand before joining the O'Brien team.

The stable also looks to have good chances on the day with I'm A Toff and La Chasseuse.

I'm A Toff will be better suited over further down the track but ran a good race behind Super Gains last weekend at Caulfield and is well placed over the mile.

La Chasseuse drops down in the weights as she tackles the open class sprinters but has been freshened since just missing a winning hat-trick, beaten a nose up the straight on Oaks day.

by Jason Hickson - RacingandSports.com.au

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