By Peter Quilty and Molly Haines
The 2020 Toyota Warragul Cup is sure to attract the crème-de-la-crème of the sprint brigade with $67,000 in prize money on offer.
One certain starter is the Gary Selkrig-trained speed machine Peter Galo.
“He goes well at Warragul and has been trialling sensationally, he just needs to draw his box… Put him in box eight and he will beat anything,” Selkrig said.
“I have won the Warragul Cup twice – Stagger (2012) and To The Galo’s (2016) and with the same line as Peter Galo… He has had box eight four times and has won them all,” he added.
Peter Galo has gone quick at Warragul; in November over 400 metres, he went 22.12sec – within a length of Aston Bolero’s 22.07sec track record. He has also registered 25.95sec over 460 metres in September.
Peter Galo is no stranger to Country Cup racing having competed in the Group 3 Healesville Cup – twice, the Group 2 Geelong Cup, the Group 2 Bendigo Cup and he made the 2018 Shepparton Cup his own when defeating a hot young field.
In 2018, he finished second to eventual winner Aston Dee Bee in the Warragul Cup heats but failed to make it through to the final.
The Warragul Cup has been won by some of the sport’s finest sprinters including two recent Melbourne Cup winners in Aston Dee Bee and Ando’s Mac.
The Warragul Cup series is part of the TRFM Gippsland Festival of Racing:
Friday (January 3) – Warragul Cup heats
Plus: Warragul Cup Calcutta featuring comedian Marty Fields; RSN race caller James Van de Maat; and jockey Chris Symons
Sunday (January 5) – Family Fun Day
Plus: Greyhound racing; and meet the characters of Frozen
Saturday (January 11) – Warragul Cup final
Plus: Music in the Barn; enter the $50K tipping competition; and meet AFL player Jack Riewoldt.