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Tough three year old Gatting is set to pad up for another innings when he takes centre guard in the Listed $100,000 Belmont Classic (2200m) at Belmont in Perth on Saturday.

The Bob Peters owned Western Temple will carry the same colours in the Belmont Classic as his talented stayer Real Love, above. Photo by Ultimate Racing Photos.

The Bob Peters owned Western Temple will carry the same colours in the Belmont Classic as his talented stayer Real Love, above. Photo by Ultimate Racing Photos.

Gatting up will be stepping out for the third time on three consecutive Saturday’s and trainer Darren Mcauliffe said that the Hard Spun gelding has come through his last start win in a $60,000 BenchMark 78+ Handicap at Belmont last weekend in great shape.

“He’s pulled up terrific,” McAuliffe told The West Australian.

“The horse has an iron constitution and backs up well with a solid preparation.

“We’ll be keeping him up to the mark before the Classic.

“He’ll work on Monday and will gallop on Thursday. We won’t miss him.”

Gatting has drawn barrier eleven in the thirteen horse Belmont Classic field and will be ridden again by Matthieu Autier.

Gatting has been around the mark at his last three starts and prior to his last start win, finished behind Variation twice at Belmont when second in the Listed $100,000 Belmont Guineas (1600m) on June 24 and fourth in the Listed $100,000 Aquanita Stakes (2000m) on July 8.

Autier was also on board Gatting when he won the Group 2 $400,000 W.A.T.C. Derby (2400m) at Ascot in Perth on April 8.

Co-trainer Grant and Alana Williams will saddle up two runners in the Belmont Classic with the Bob Peters owned Western Temple drawing the rails with William Pike to ride and Fontainbleau to jump from gate seven with Glenn Smith in the saddle.

Western Temple is coming off a last start second in the Aquanita Stakes while Fontainbleau is a last start winner of the Listed $100,000 Belmont Oaks (2000m) at Belmont on July 8.

2017 Belmont Classic (2000m) Field

# Last 10 Horse Trainer Jockey Barrier Weight Hcp Rating
1 37211×8241 GATTING Darren Mcauliffe Matthieu Autier 11 56.5kg 90
2 2x2282x232 WESTERN TEMPLE Grant & Alana Williams William Pike 1 56.5kg 72
3 9536385125 DUSTY STORM Paul Jordan Ryan Hill 5 56.5kg 61
4 9×43153113 JACKPOT PRINCE G Durrant & J Miller Clint Johnston-Porter (a) 13 56.5kg 68
5 34x1730x06 TAXAGANO Fred Kersley Daniel Staeck 12 56.5kg 65
6 536x61x787 BURGER TIME Aaron Bazeley Peter Hall 3 56.5kg 62
7 9177×74 GRAND CADEAU (NZ) Stephen Miller Brad Parnham 2 56.5kg 60
8 874522249 NOBLE KING (NZ) Ashley Maley Steven Parnham 9 56.5kg
9 65×5328 CRIMSON’S ROCKET Kerryn Parsons Jarrad Noske 8 56.5kg
10 12447×3151 FONTAINEBLEAU Grant & Alana Williams Glenn Smith 7 54.5kg 70
11 07x4F52853 ELEGANT BLAST Justin Warwick Ms Lucy Warwick 4 54.5kg 64
12 47×6387544 PERSIAN PRINCESS Alan Mathews Patrick Carbery 10 54.5kg 62
13 315×325 FAST AS THE WIND G Durrant & J Miller Shaun Mc Gruddy 6 54.5kg 59

About The Author

Mark Mazzaglia

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.

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