Gatewood Wins 2012 Geelong Cup On Way To Melbourne Cup

October 24th, 2012

Gatewood has won the Group 3 Geelong Cup at Geelong Racecourse today October 24, 2012.

The Galileo entire won the race ahead of Chateau Margaux, who finished second, and Brigantin, who finished the race off in third position.

Gatewood has now won five of his eight race starts and has earned more than $185,000 in prize money.

The four-year-old will now go on towards the 2012 Melbourne Cup at Flemington Racecourse on Tuesday November 6, 2012.

Gatewood was forced to claim ballot exemption via the 2012 Geelong Cup after being disappointed for a run in the Group 2 Herbert Power Stakes last start.

On that occasion, Gatewood has to be content with a seventh placing.

Trainer John Gosden’s travelling foreman, Marcel Koren, is confident that Gatewood will be able to successfully back up in the 2012 Melbourne Cup in 13 days time.

“The race worked out very well for the horse… so we are very happy,” Koren said.

“We’ll do everything to get him fresh and happy again.”

Gatewood was ridden by jockey Glen Boss in today’s 2012 Geelong Cup.

“(He was) very very quick and quick through the line,” said Boss.

“About 1400 metres from the line he just got going again.

“He’s very good on his feet this horse, he’s very nimble.

“They don’t have to run any quicker than that.”

Boss may now ride Gatewood in the $6 million Melbourne Cup next run.

“I’ll speak to John tonight,” he said.

“He’s qualified now.”

The Geelong Cup has long been one of the best Melbourne Cup form guides, with last year’s winner Dunaden winning the race prior to his Cup victory.

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2012 Geelong Cup Race Results & Finishing Order

Finish No. Horse Trainer Jockey Margin Bar. Weight Starting Price
1 4 GATEWOOD (GB) John Gosden Glen Boss 7 55.5kg $3.20F
2 6 CHATEAU MARGAUX Peter G Moody Luke Nolen 0.75L 2 54kg $10
3 3 BRIGANTIN (USA) Andre Fabre Umberto Rispoli 0.85L 1 57.5kg $3.50
4 7 BACK IN BLACK (NZ) John Steffert Craig Newitt 1.85L 4 54kg $61
5 1 MALUCKYDAY (NZ) Michael, Wayne & John Hawkes Jim Cassidy 3.1L 3 58.5kg $7
6 2 TAC DE BOISTRON (FR) Michael Kent Corey Brown 7.6L 5 58.5kg $11
7 5 EXCEPTIONALLY (NZ) Terry & Karina O’Sullivan Dean Yendall 7.7L 6 54kg $6.50