Weary Kicks Off 2014 Epsom Handicap Bid in Missile Stakes

August 6, 2014

deposit $100
to get


*In Bonus-bets

View Offers

deposit $50
bet with


*In Bonus-bets

View Offers

deposit $25
to get


*In Bonus-bets

View Offers

deposit $250
to get


*In Bonus-bets

View Offers

New customers only. Exc NSW, SA, WA & VIC. Turnover requirements apply. Promotional T&Cs apply & available on website. Is gambling a problem for you? Call Gambling Help on 1800 858 858 or visit www.gamblinghelponline.org.au '

Weary Kicks Off 2014 Epsom Handicap Bid in Missile Stakes

Chris Waller will saddle-up three chances in the Missile Stakes in Sydney on Saturday including his Epsom Handicap 2014 hope Weary.


2014 Epsom Handicap hope Weary could struggle first-up on the firm track in Sydney on Saturday. Photo: Steve Hart.

The Waller-trained trio is part of a nine horse field facing off in the $175,000 Group 2 McGrath Estate Agents Missile Stakes (1200m) on the weekend at Royal Randwick which kicks off Group racing for the new season.

Race favourites at an equal $3.80 through Ladbrokes.com.au are Gai Waterhouse’s smart mare Sweet Idea in her four-year-old debut and the Gary Portelli-trained Sir Rupert Clarke Stakes winner Rebel Dane.

Waller meanwhile will be represented by Boban ($8.50), Weary ($9.50) and his $26 outsider Hawkspur.

French import Weary jumps from barrier six with Hugh Bowman aboard in their first run since Tommy Berry guided them to a second behind visiting Japanese mare Hana’s Goal in the Group 1 All Aged Stakes (1400m) on April 26.

The last time Bowman was in the saddle the now five-year-old Astronomer Royal grey won the Group 3 Doncaster Prelude (1500m) in the mud at Rosehill before they backed up to run third in the Group 1 over a mile next start.

This time in Waller plans to keep Weary in Sydney aiming them at the $500,000 Group 1 Epsom Handicap (1600m) back at Randwick on October 4.

He’s confident the horse is in top form but is a little worried about their chances on Saturday’s firm Sydney track.

“He did a great job in the autumn and he’s come back well,” Waller told AAP this week.

“I’m just not sure on a good track how well he will sprint.

“A lot of that form in the autumn was on dead to slow tracks.”

Boban meanwhile returns here after bleeding during their last start when 11th, beaten 17 lengths, in the Group 1 Queen Elizabeth Stakes (2000m) on April 19 that scored them a three month ban.

The Bernardini gelding, formerly with Anthony Freedman, was one of the gun horses of last year’s Spring Racing Carnival wining all five of their starts including the Group 1 Emirates Stakes (1600m) at Flemington during the Melbourne Cup Carnival.

While Waller had been confident they could get out to 2000m when he lined them up in the Queen Elizabeth during the autumn, the bleeding episode has forced him to change Boban’s training and keep them to a mile.

All going to plan and they will head to Melbourne again and could defend their Emirates Stakes title in November.

“It’s told me not to try him over 2000 metres, it puts a bit of extra pressure on him,” Waller said.

“I’ll keep him to the shorter trips, including a mile. We’ll just gradually get him fit and up to that (top) level.”

Also Melbourne-bound is Waller’s third and longest-priced Missile Stakes hopeful, former Queensland Derby winner Hawkspur who targets the $500,000 Group 1 Turnbull Stakes (2000m) at Flemington on October 4 when the Epsom runs in Sydney.

The now five-year-old Purrealist gelding relished a Brisbane campaign last year that resulted in three Group wins including the Queensland Derby before their hit-and-miss spring which ended with a 20th behind Fiorente in the $6.2 million Group 1 Emirates Melbourne Cup (3200m).

Their Melbourne Cup experiment proved to Waller that they weren’t a genuine stayer, Hawkspur also failing over 2000m when 10th in the Queen Elizabeth Stakes last time out.

They were competitive over less distance leading up to that in the autumn however including their third to stablemate Boban in the Chipping Norton Stakes and their Doncaster Mile fourth when Waller trained the first four over the line in the April 12 classic.

To back Waller’s Missile Stakes contingent on Saturday and beyond at the guaranteed best prices make sure you’ve got an account open online at Ladbrokes.com.au offering the best spring bonuses and markets including Melbourne Cup betting specials each week!

Racing fields and data are copyright 2011-2018 © Racing Australia Pty Ltd (RA) (and other parties working with it).
Racing materials, including fields, form and results, is subject to copyright which is owned by RA and other parties working with it. Full copyright notice.

Spring Racing

Winx To Climb The Everest 2018...

Written By Is The 2018 Ladbrok...

Written By Is The 2018 Ladbrokes Blue Diamond Stakes Winner

The well-supported, clear Ladbrokes Blue Diamond Stakes 2018 favourite Written...

The Everest 2018 Ultimate Goal...

The Everest 2018 Ultimate Goal for Magic Millions Sprint Winner Viddora

Young South Australian horseman Lloyd Kennewell has named Sydney’s 2018 The...

Capacity 2018 Perth Cup Field ...

Capacity 2018 Perth Cup Field Released

Ascot Racecourse in W.A. hosts one of the summer’s highlight races on New...

2018 The Everest Next Sydney R...

2018 The Everest Next Sydney Race for Viddora

Ace young South Australian trainer Lloyd Kennewell has confirmed his Group 1...

Horse Racing Today

2018 The Galaxy Final Field: J...

Daysee Doom and Dixie Blossoms...

Daysee Doom and Dixie Blossoms listed in 2018 Coolmore Classic nominations

Stablemates Daysee Doom and Dixie Blossoms are listed among the nominations...

2018 Adelaide Cup Results: Fan...

2018 Adelaide Cup Results: Fanatic wins for Walker and Lindsay Park

The Group 2 $400,000 Adelaide Cup over 3200m will be run at Morphettville in...

Fanatic Firm favourite in 2018...

Fanatic Firm favourite in 2018 Adelaide Cup betting

The Lindsay Park trained Fanatic is a firm favourite in the betting for...

2018 Super Saturday All Day Re...

2018 Super Saturday All Day Results at Flemington: Harlem scores upset win in Australian Cup

The Group 1 $1.25m Lexus Newmarket Handicap (1200m) and the Group 1 $1.5m...

Race Results

Viewed Victorious in Caulfield Cup

Race 1 Result – $101 500 AGL Renewable Energy Stakes – She’s Got Gears Wins

Race 2 – $101,500 Schiavello Plate – Avienus Wins

Race 3 – $101 500 Lavazza A Modo Mio – Linton Street Wins

Race 4 Results – $151,500 Listed Herald Sun Stakes – Strawberry Field Wins

Race Previews

2009 Caulfield Cup Barrier Draw Announced

Who Are the Top Contenders for Tomorrow’s Caulfield Cup?

Victoria Derby in sight for Onemorenomore

2009 Melbourne Cup Field

Eclipse Stakes Final Field & Preview

Fields & Form

Can Kelinni Win Sydney Cup 2013 for the Punters?

Moroney Gets into Queensland Derby 2013 Rhythm

Buffering Draws 7 – 2013 BTC Cup Final Field and Barrier Draw

SA Fillies Classic 2013 Field Released

13 two-year-olds in 2013 Champagne Classic Field