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Chris Waller’s French import Weary will contest the spring’s opening Group race on Saturday representing the five-time Sydney Premiership winning trainer in the Missile Stakes 2015 at Royal Randwick.
Kicking off the Group action this Sydney Spring Racing Carnival, Saturday’s $150,000 Group 2 Missile Stakes (1200m) serves as the starting point for a number of strong carnival contenders including six-year-old Weary.
The son of Astronomer Royal hasn’t won a race since saluting first-up in the Group 2 Expressway Stakes (1200m) at Rosehill in late January at the start of the year.
From there he went on to run third behind Contributer in the Group 2 Apollo Stakes (1400m) at Randwick in mid-February before a failed 11th to the same horse in the Group 1 Chipping Norton Stakes (1600m).
His last start was in Brisbane during the winter when in early May he caught the eye finishing second behind the Gai Waterhouse-trained Pornichet in the Group 1 Doomben Cup (2000m).
Now he returns to racing in the Missile Stakes where he’ll look to add to his solid first-up record of two wins, a second and a third from six previous resuming runs.
Weary is the sole Missile Stakes hope for Waller on the weekend and the master horseman is confident in his chances after a solid 740m trial at Warwick Farm late last month.
“He won the equivalent race to the Missile in the autumn and he had nice trial a week ago,” Waller told AAP.
“I think he will be my only runner in the race.
“He is a bit more forward than some of the others.”
A known wet-track performer, Weary is one of a host of imports Waller has representing him through the spring including newbie Kool Kompany.
Irish galloper Kool Kompany will be the latest to arrive down under for Waller, the Jeremy colt a Group 3 winner in Europe over the Newmarket mile in April.
Owned by Neil Werrett, of Black Caviar fame, Kool Kompany was last seen running second to Malabar in the Group 3 Bonhams Thoroughbred Stakes (1600m) at Goodwood last week, after which he was sent to quarantine to prepare for his trip down under.
“He is quarantine now and will come out before the shipment of horses for the spring carnival,” Waller said.
“But whether his early arrival means he will be ready to race in the spring depends on a lot of things.
“Werribee won’t be open so he will have to go to Eastern Creek.
“But you can’t work the horses there so much will depend on his condition and how fit he is.
“We may have to wait for the autumn with him.”
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