French import Gailo Chop scored his third Group 1 win with an effortless victory in the $700,000 Ranvet Stakes (2000m) at Rosehill today.
Mark Zahra had Gailo Chop travelling like a winner from the outset and the $2.05 favourite never gave his backers no cause for concern throughout the run.
Gailo Chop was travelling beautifully in second position behind the leader Classic Uniform and once heads were turned for home Zahra let the Darren Weir trained seven year old stroll to the front to record a three lengths victory over the courageous Single Gaze ($5).
Prized Icon ($11), under hard riding from Hugh Bowman, was doing his best work over the concluding stages to fill third spot.
Stable representative Jarrod McLean said that Gailo Chop will now be set for the Group 1 $1.5m Kia Tancred Stakes (2400m) at Rosehill next week.
“He is just hard to beat over the 2000m,” McLean said.
“I think we have to have a crack (at the Tancred). Obviously we are up here now. There is no Jameka about this year so we will to push that way with him and see how far he gets.”
“A big thrill here today to win another Group 1 race on the back of Hellbent’s Group 1 win last night.”
The Weir stable was in Group 1 winning mode at The Valley in Melbourne last night with Hellbent winning the $500,000 Keogh Homes William Reid Stakes (1200m).
Gailo Chop has now firmed into outright favourite for the Tancred Stakes at $2.20 with Ladbrokes.com.au ahead of Almandin at $4.50 and Single Gaze at $7.50.