A strong performer over five starts through the 2014 Sydney Autumn Carnival, trainer Chris Waller has confirmed French import Weary will returning to racing for a busy spring preparation, beginning with the Group 2 Missile Stakes (1200m) at Royal Randwick on August 9th.
Running on for third in his first Australian appearance on February 15th; the TAB Rewards 3.y.o+ (1400m), Weary more than stamped his claims as one to watch in major races when finishing second to Messene in the Group 2 Ajax Stakes (1500m) on March 22nd and winning the Group 3 Doncaster Prelude (1500m) just two weeks later.
Displaying a keen turn of foot to finish third in the Group 1 Doncaster Mile (1600m) on April 12th, the Astronomer Royal gelding again ran on from the rear of the field to finish second to Hana’s Goal in the Group 1 All Aged Stakes (1400m), immediately returning to the spelling paddock.
Pleased with the way he has taken to his time away from racing, Waller said Weary is poised to complete a barrier trial, but is not expecting to figure in winning contention.
Like all of my triallers, they just go for a float ride, stretch their legs and come back safely,” Waller told Racing Victoria.
“A midfield-to-last is probably realistic, but be assured, second or third-up he’ll be ready to win some nice races.”
Saddling champion miler Boban to five victories from as many starts through the 2013 spring, Waller said he is likely to set Weary on a similar path, so as to avoid as many meetings with stable mates competitively as possible.
“We’ll take a similar path to what we took with Boban last year, he should still be suited by handicap, so why not take the handicap route,” Waller said.
“That enables me to separate horses like Sacred Falls, who’s proven, and Weary, who’s getting there but still has a lower handicap rating.
“He’s a bit different to Boban. Boban won the Epsom and then went close to being the topweight, if not the topweight in the Emirates, whereas Weary will probably be higher weight in the Epsom and probably be too highly-rated if he happened to win it.
“He’ll get to Melbourne, but maybe it’s for a Crystal Mile or a Mackinnon.”
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