Bill and Symon Wilde’s Warrnambool galloper Full Peal heads to the Sydney Boxing Day races this year to run in the highly-anticipated Summer Cup 2011 at Rosehill, the five-year-old out to add a sixth straight turf triumph to their growing record.
The Clangalang gelding has won their five most recent runs in Victoria by a cumulative 14 and a quarter lengths, earning them a shot at Group glory on Monday.
Full Peal’s purple patch kicked off with a four length win at their home track over 1300 metres back on October 17.
They were most recently seen putting a minimum one and three quarter lengths on a class field over 2000 meters at Flemington on December 3 with Ben Melam aboard for the second time on the trot.
Their wins have been on everything from a Good (2) track to a Heavy (8) course, proving they can handle all conditions.
“All of his five wins have been unextended on different surfaces, heavy tracks and fast tracks,” co-trainer Bill Wilde said.
How they will handle a Group 3 field in front of a big Boxing Day race crowd in their Sydney debut, however, is the real test.
It is a test connections believe Full Peal has earned and are eagerly awaiting to see.
“We are very excited about the horse,” Bill Wilde said.
“He really does look like a Group horse.”
Taking no chances, however, connections have also nominated Full Peal for a Benchmark 0 – 89 Handicap over 2000 metres at Caulfield on the same day where they would carry 58kg.
Full Peal is one of 15 stayers nominated for the Summer Cup 2011, a race that is set to feature top-class runners including the Chris Waller-trained Strike One and Tim Martin’s Scouting Wide.
With Summer Cup weights due out on Wednesday, the Wildes are waiting to see where Full Peal falls in the handicap scale before making a firm decision of their Boxing Day assignment, but are leaning towards Rosehill at this stage, which would be their first Sydney starter.
Should they run in the Summer Cup, Bill Wilde is confident that Full Peal will handle not only their first test over 2400 metres but also the Sydney way of going without issue.
“They work both ways at home and I don’t think it is that important with stayers,” he said.
“As he is going up in distance he is improving each time.
“I see him having no problem with a mile and a half.”
One of the Wildes’ best success stories has been their Golden Snake gelding Hissing Sid, winner of the Listed Warrnambool Cup (2350m) back in May of 2010, a horse that they believe Full Peal is proving to be even better than.
“The early signs are he’s probably better,” Bill Wilde said.
“He has a better turn of foot; he can really accelerate.”
Looking further ahead, Wilde suggested that the $300,000 Group 3 Hobart Cup (2200m) on February 12 could make a nice target during the Tasmanian Summer Racing Carnival.
“I’m convinced there is a very nice race in him,” he said.
“To what level I’m not sure.”
The 2011 Summer Cup field is due out on Thursday, with Luxbet markets to be released shortly after.
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