Gallic Chieftain Opens Stakes Account
Mark Smith - Saturday, 1 July 2017

Darren Weir gang-tackled Saturday's $125,000 Listed Winter Cup (2400m) at Rosehill Gardens with three runners and much to the punters delight it was the well supported favourite Gallic Chieftain (FR) who saluted.

Under hard riding by Dean Yendell, Gallic Chieftain (FR) reeled in the stubborn Montauk (More Than Ready) by three-quarters of a length with the ever honest Destiny's Kiss (Power Of Destiny) one and a half lengths back in third under the topweight of 61kgs. (photo Steve Hart). 

It was the fourth win in Australia and the first at stakes level for Gallic Chieftain who came to Australia with one win from his seven starts in France.

A last start Moonee Valley winner, the OTI colour-bearer owns both the 2000 metre Pakenham and 2250 metre Morphettville track records.

Weir's stable foreman Jarrod McLean said the four-year-old entire would return to Victoria for a break before targeting Cups races in the spring.

"He's a progressive horse with plenty of upside. We'll aim high and see how far we get but he's certainly well-credentialed and is a lovely sound horse," McLean said.

"He'll go back home, have a short break and no doubt Weiry will have something picked out for him in the spring."

A half-brother to French Group III winner Aladdine (Naaqoos), Gallic Chieftain becomes the 15th stakes winner for Derrinstown Stud's Group I Prix Jean Prat winner Tamayuz.

Gallic Chieftain's stakes-placed dam Katerini (Cacique) is a half-sister to multiple stakes-placed mare Golden Step (Gold Away).

Katerini is a granddaughter of the Group II winner Navratilovna (Nureyev) a half-sister to Group I Prix de la Salamandre winner Maximova (Green Dancer) the dam of Group I winners Septieme Ciel and Macoumba who is the dam of the highly successful Kentucky stallion Malibu Moon.

Race 5 - Atc Winter Cup
Listed - 2400m

Class: Open. Track: Soft(6). Time: 2:35.20. Sectional Time: 0:35.15 at 600m.
Prizemoney: $125,000 - 1st: $70,625 2nd: $23,750 3rd: $11,250.
 1   Gallic Chieftain (FR) T: D K Weir J: D Yendall
4h   Tamayuz (GB) x Katerini (FR) (Cacique (IRE) )
Not Offered
 2 0.8 Montauk T: C J Waller J: Tim Clark

4g   More Than Ready (USA) x Diamond Cove (Octagonal (NZ) )
Not Offered
 3 2.3 Destiny's Kiss T: Joseph Pride J: B Avdulla
8g   Power Of Destiny x A Fairy's Kiss (NZ) (Stravinsky (USA) )
Not Offered
 4 4.2 Soviet Courage (IRE) T: C J Waller J: G Schofield
6g   Dutch Art (GB) x Place De Moscou (IRE) (Rock Of Gibraltar (IRE) )
 5 4.9 Araldo Junior (GER) T: M D Moroney J: J Ford
6g   Medicean (GB) x Alanda (GER) (Lando (GER) )
 6 5.7 Iggi Pop (NZ) T: Peter Robl J: Rachel King
8g   Savabeel x Freequence (NZ) (O'Reilly (NZ) )
 7 12.1 Tick Tick Bloom T: D K Weir J: A Adkins
6m   Viscount x Eight Roses (Bellotto (USA) )
 8 12.2 Black Tomahawk T: D K Weir J: Travis Wolfgram
7g   Seul Amour (NZ) x Willisa (Vite Cheval (NZ) )
 9 15.6 So It Is T: Mary Bray J: B Spriggs
3f   Bernardini (USA) x Petitions (Canny Lad )
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