Christmas Cup winner Sea Galleon heads to paddock

Dec 13, 2011

Matt Stewart From: Herald Sun December 12, 2011 12:00AM

SYDNEY'S easybeat stayers will gain a summer reprieve, with powerhouse Victorian Sea Galleon to bypass the Summer Cup after his Christmas Cup romp at Rosehill on Saturday.

Her sights set far higher than another encounter with Sydney's plodders, co-trainer Cindy Alderson reported Sea Galleon would be sent to the paddock as she plots a course towards next year's Caulfield Cup.

"He needs the paddock. He's come to the end. He's done a great job to win three on the trot," Alderson said.

Sea Galleon passed an early Caulfield Cup qualifying clause when he thrashed his rivals in the Christmas Cup, run over 2400m.

"I think he could become a Caulfield Cup horse. He races best when the pressure is on all the way and that's usually the story in the Caulfield Cup.

"Now I have to work out a way to get him up the (ballot) list."

Sea Galleon did not get his preferred pace-on conditions at Rosehill, with the speed dawdling before runs started coming well before the home turn.

Jockey Glyn Schofield joined the wave, setting Sea Galleon alight at the 600m before dashing clear.

Schofield predicted Sea Galleon could be a Cups contender.

"He won easily. If I'd been able to ride him the way I wanted to, saving for a run in the straight, he'd have won a lot more easily too," he said.

"What I like about him is he is very strong to the line and that's a quality you don't see in a lot of stayers in this part of the world. He could be a Caulfield Cup horse," Schofield said.

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