Woodhill Racing sent their 2018 Queen’s Plate and Met hopeful, Gold Standard for a grass gallop at Kenilworth on Wednesday, 27 December.
Richard Fourie rode Gold Standard, carrying 60kgs and Anthony Andrews was on board galloping companion, Eyes Wide Open, carrying 52kgs.
Speaking after the gallop, Glen Kotzen expressed his satisfaction with both work-outs, but with his star charge, Gold Standard, in particular. “The gallop went really, really well. It was exactly what we wanted to see. Gold Standard was moving well and he couldn’t blow out a candle afterwards, so he’s fit and exactly where we want him. Now it’s just a matter of keeping him ticking over until the Queen’s Plate.”
Eyes Wide Open missed the Cape Guineas due to a minor cough and is a little further behind in his prep. He pulled up blowing a bit, but again, Glen was happy with the work and reported that all being well, they will aim the son of Dynasty for the Gr2 Peninsula Handicap.