Doomben Cup favourite Gailo Chop has re-injured his troublesome tendon and is out of the 2018 Brisbane Winter Carnival.

Gailo Chop, above, is out of the 2018 Doomben Cup at Doomben. Photo by Ultimate Racing Photos.

Gailo Chop, above, is out of the 2018 Doomben Cup at Doomben. Photo by Ultimate Racing Photos.

OTI Racing, who head the ownership of Gailo Chop, tweeted today that the French import is again nursing a tendon injury and won’t be coming to Brisbane to run in the Group 1 $650,000 Hardy Brothers Doomben Cup (2000m) at Doomben on May 19

“Unfortunately Gailo Chop has injured tendon and will be assessed for possible rehabilitation. It’s same leg as last time. Naturally there’ll be no Doomben Cup for him,” OTI Racing said on twitter.

Gailo Chop spent more than twelve months on the sidelines in 2016 and 2017 recuperating from a tendon injury before returning to the winner’s stall at his second run back to claim the Listed $100,000 Penny Edition Stakes (1400m) at Morphettville Parks on September 2, 2017.

Gailo Chop hit the headlines in Australia with an all the way win in the Group 1 $1m Mackinnon Stakes (2000m) at Flemington during the 2015 Melbourne Cup Carnival while under the care of French trainer Antoine De Watrigant.

Victoria’s leading trainer Darren Weir is now in charge of Gailo Chop and has saddled up the import for another two Group 1 wins in the $1m Ladbrokes Caulfield Stakes (2000m) at Caulfield during the 2017 Melbourne Spring Carnival and in the $700,000 Ranvet Stakes (2000m) at Rosehill during the 2018 Sydney Autumn Carnival.

Gailo Chop’s latest outing saw him run second to the super mare Winx in the Group 1 $4m Longines Queen Elizabeth Stakes (2000m) on day two of The Championships at Randwick on April 14.

Gailo Chop is the winner of thirteen of his twenty-nine starts and has earned over $4 million in prizemoney.

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Mark is a passionate journalist with a life-time involvement in the racing industry. He spent many years as an analyst and form expert at the Courier Mail and also has hands-on experience working with some of Queensland’s top trainers.