Leading Sydney trainer Chris Waller learnt more about promising four-year-old Said Com on Saturday when the odds-on favourite finished third in the Spring Preview Handicap (1400m) at Rosehill.
After securing a remarkable 1 1/2 length win when coming from the back of the field first-up, Waller elected to change tactics on Saturday and directed Hugh Bowman to ride him closer to the speed.
The change in tactics saw Said Com push forward early and race in the first three which appeared to cost him at the back end of the race as he was unable to show the turn of foot he did in his first race of the preparation.
Waller said it was highly unlikely he would be ridden in such a fashion again and suggested he has a lot of improvement left in him ahead of his major spring target in the 2012 Epsom Handicap.
“I think we learned he can’t be ridden on the speed,” Waller said.
“And in fairness to the horse I have always said I think he is a preparation away. He’s a bit soft and he still needs to mature.”
After showing promise in two starts last spring, Said Com again impressed in the autumn in a campaign that was highlighted by a runner-up finish to Mosheen in the Randwick Guineas.
Waller has made it no secret the Group 1 Epsom Handicap (1600m) stands as Said Com’s major spring goal with the event to be held on October 6.
Where the son of O’Reilly races next is still unknown but it is likely he will have two or three more starts before his spring grand final.
Other horses being targeted at the Epsom are Queensland gelding Bold Glance and Australian Oaks runner-up Aliyana Tilde.
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