Champion jockey Craig Williams will partner three-year-old gelding Disposition in his first campaign under the care of new trainer Wez Hunter.
The Bob Peters-owned gelding enjoyed success in Perth during the summer, winning the Listed Fairetha Stakes (1400m) and placing in both the Group 2 WA Guineas (1600m) and Group 1 Kingston Town Classic (1800m).
However Peters had bigger plans for the three-year-old than a career in Perth so decided to ship him east for the autumn in a partnership with Hunter. Sticking to a plan set by the owner, the trainer will enter Disposition in the Group 3 CS Hayes Stakes (1400m) first up on February 21 with plans to move on towards the Group 1 Australian Guineas (1600m) on March 7 and potentially the Group 1 Australian Cup (2000m) the following week.
“Bob Peters sent him to me, he had a bit of a plan with him to just include those two races and all going well maybe have a go at the Australian Cup, we’ll just be guided by the horse, but he’ll definitely be at Flemington on the 21st,” Hunter told Racing Victoria.
“He’s proven at Weight For Age Group 1 level, he was a lip off winning a Group 1 against some seasoned tough horses and he did it at both ends, he’s an exciting horse.”
Disposition got the biggest test since his arrival to Hunter’s stables in January in a Tuesday morning jumpout. Even Williams made the trek to Balnarring to get his first ride on the gelding.
The gelding jumped well and travelled well in the 1000 metre trial, sitting second behind the leader and really ramping it up from the 600 metre mark to run a really good time. In fact, Disposition ran two seconds faster than any other trial over the same distance on the day.
“[Williams] said he’ll measure up to whatever I want to run him in, he was really impressed, so fingers crossed we’ll just keep doing what we’re doing and we’ll turn up at Flemington,” Hunter said.
“I’m actually pretty excited about him after watching him this morning and hearing Craig’s comments, I was pretty pumped.
“He’s right up to the mark, he had a blow but I’ve kept in mind it’s still two-and-a-half weeks until that race at Flemington. He’s pretty much right where I want him.”
Hunter admitted to a bit of attitude from Disposition but isn’t worried considering how well he did on trial.
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