While Wez Hunter was in Queensland for the Magic Millions Gold Coast Yearling Sale, the emerging Mornington-based trainer received a call from prominent Western Australian horse owner Bob Peters.
Peters offered Hunter the chance to train both Disposition and Elite Belle in their first campaigns outside of Perth. While Group 1 Railway Stakes (1600m) winner Elite Belle unfortunately suffered a heart attack on the plane while travelling from Perth to Melbourne, Hunter has revealed Disposition arrived safely and has settled in well at his stables.
The trainer is wasting no time with the gift he’s been giving, keen to test the three-year-old gelding’s untapped potential as soon as possible.
“To get a horse like him just before the autumn is a huge bonus,” Hunter told Racing Victoria.
“And it’s just good to get an owner like Bob Peters into the stable.
Hunter revealed he is preparing the Group 1 Kingston Town Classic (1800m) runner-up for the 2015 Australian Guineas at Flemington on March 7. The gelding will resume racing a fortnight earlier in the Group 3 CS Hayes Stakes (1400m).
“He’ll run in the C.S. Hayes Stakes at Flemington and then onto the Australian Guineas,” Hunter said.
“Depending on how he goes in the Guineas will decide whether we keep going or whether we pull up stumps.”
Disposition has finished in the first two in all six of his starts but it’s hard to tell how he’ll handle the Flemington track.
The gelding had a successful summer campaign in Perth that included runner-up finishes in the Group 2 WA Guineas (1600m) and Kingston Town Classic.
Hunter is excited to see how Disposition performs during the autumn in Melbourne following success out west.
“He was strong to the line over 1800 metres in the Kingston Town,” Hunter said.
“He’s an exciting horse. He was second in the Guineas over there and then beaten a lip by Moriarty.
“It’s pretty good form, he looks like he’s got plenty more to offer. He seems the perfect horse, he handles firm tracks, he races on speed and he’s a legitimate Group 1 horse.”
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