ODDS AND SODS
Imported galloper Gatewood is well supported to win on his Australian debut in tomorrow’s Herbert Power Stakes at Caulfield, despite the concession yesterday from his trainer John Gosden that the horse faced a tough task. ”It’s a learning curve travelling a horse that far and we’re happy with the profile we have so far but let’s be clear about it – it’s a big ask,” Gosden told Sky Sports Radio. ”He settled in great, he travelled well. The most important thing is he ate and he drank on the way. The great thing about horses, unlike us, they don’t drink alcohol on a plane, he didn’t dehydrate too much.” Gatewood has been backed from $5 to $4 for tomorrow’s race over the Caulfield Cup distance and Gosden said that if he could earn a run in the $2.5 million handicap the following week, he could pull off an upset. ”I think he’ll suit the racing [in Australia] well,” Gosden said. ”He’s a progressive horse.”Frankel closes in on memorable farewell
The countdown is on for the farewell run for the world’s leading thoroughbred, Frankel, who this week galloped strongly at Newmarket in preparation for next Saturday’s group 1 Champion Stakes at Ascot. Teddy Grimthorpe, racing manager for Frankel’s owner Prince Khalid Abdullah, said the son of Galileo did everything required of him by trainer Sir Henry Cecil. ”Everything went very well, it was a good bit of work and we were all very happy. It’s so far, so good,” Grimthorpe said. Frankel will perform in front of royalty in the Champion Stakes with the Queen to travel to the Berkshire course to see the superstar in action for the final time.
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