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    Posted: 29 Mar 2017 at 2:51pm

Terry Henderson is counting down the days until Group 1 winner Gailo Chop returns to the racetrack, with the gifted import set to join Darren Weir's Warrnambool stable in the coming weeks.

The six-year-old hasn't been sighted since an unplaced run behind Postponed in last year's Sheema Classic (2400m) in Dubai but the OTI Racing chief reported the talented gelding had all but overcome the tendon injury that had sidelined him for more than 12 months.

"He's about four weeks away from going down to Weiry's stable at Warrnambool," Henderson said. "I think the beach will suit the horse.

"He's been through a tendon rehabilitation process with Lee Evison at Longwarry and all the signs are good.

"He's in the final stages of his recovery but, fingers crossed, he'll be back racing in the spring."

Gailo Chop arrived in Melbourne for the 2015 Spring Racing Carnival under the care of French horseman Antoine De Watrigant, for whom he'd won six Stakes races in France prior to his triumph in the G1 Mackinnon Stakes (2000m) at Flemington.

WATCH: Gailo Chop's 2015 Mackinnon Stakes win

That 2000m Group 1 - now the Emirates Stakes (2000m) - will again be the likely target for the galloper this year with Henderson keen to explore options that would likely avoid a clash with champion mare Winx.

"It's always a different scene when they come from Europe and you don't really know they are going to adapt to our training styles but I think being down at the beach will suit the horse," he said.

"I would like to think that he'd be up to some weight-for-age 2000m races in the spring and obviously there's the Mackinnon Stakes but it will probably depend on what Winx does.

"In terms of where he kicks off, we'll just have to wait and see what he's like early in the spring."

OTI Racing have made a business out of purchasing and developing and importing European-bred horses for long-term success in Australia and their 2017 crop of horses presents as one of the most exciting yet.

Henderson nominated Manangatang and Araaja as lightly-raced horses he would love to see progress to the three-year-old classics in the UK and France, while the Andre Fabre-trained Le Juge is another he believes can establish himself as a genuine Stakes contender this season.

"We've got a great team in Europe this year," he said.

"There are about three or four of them that do look as though they could be Group quality so it's quite an exciting time for our owners."

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I see he is ticking along nicely down at Warrnambool, Will be set for the 2000m race at Flemington (Emirates)They are just hoping that Winx doesn't turn up
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Looking forward to seeing him fire in about 3 runs. Will not see which way they go today, but one to follow later on over further
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