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Gatewood 22-6-12

Gatewood (nearside) winning at Royal Ascot back in the summer

  PICTURE: Mark Cranham (racingpost.com/photos)  

Gatewood stakes Caulfield claims in Power

AustraliaGatewood warms up for a shot at the Caulfield Cup a week on Saturday when he lines up in the Group 2 Sportingbet Herbert Power Stakes at Caulfield on Saturday.

Trained by John Gosden, Gatewood was a winner of the Wolferton Handicap at Royal Ascot in the summer after which a share in the four-year-old was sold to Australian racing syndicate OTI Racing, who campaigned Melbourne Cup runner up Bauer among others.

Gatewood is one of a number of potential European-trained runners in the Caulfield Cup along with the likes of Dunaden, Jakkelberry and My Quest For Peace, but sits equal 28th in the elimination list for the race for which there is a maximum field of 18 plus four reserves.

The Herbert Power Stakes is one of the highlights on a star card at Caulfield which also features the Aus$1million Group 1 Caufield Guineas and the Group 1 Toorak Handicap.

Leading Sydney trainer Gai Waterhouse has leading fancies in both races with star mare More Joyous, winner of eight Group 1 contests, heading the field for the Toorak Handicap ahead of a shot at the Cox Plate while Pierro puts his unbeaten record on the line in the Caulfield Guineas with the Cox Plate also on his agenda.

Waterhouse said of Pierro: "He's just a baby. He might be the best horse you've seen in a long time.

"He's a really, really good colt and you'll see that in the Guineas on Saturday. He's done everything at present and he's only kept to the elite level. He's quite exceptional."

 
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