2017 The Galaxy a Target for Weatherly

November 8, 2016

2017 The Galaxy a Target for Weatherly

Trainer Paul Messara has underlined the Group 1 The Galaxy (1100m) at Rosehill Gardens as a bold target for classy sprinter Weatherly, during the forthcoming 2017 Autumn Racing Carnival.

Weatherly will be set for the Group 1 The Galaxy during the 2017 Autumn Carnival. Photo: Ultimate Racing Photos

Weatherly will be set for the Group 1 The Galaxy during the 2017 Autumn Carnival. Photo: Ultimate Racing Photos

Weatherly has made only three appearances at the races and has not been seen competitively since his two-year-old season, but has shown plenty of top-line ability amongst strong company and spring barrier trials.

Revealing that the son of Beneteau will be given the opportunity to contest a few minor starts through coming months, Messara told AAP that he is eyeing a race like The Galaxy 2017 as a serious target for the three-year-old come autumn.

“He’s probably going to enter back into the benchmark scene in handicaps and see how we go from there,” Messara said.

“He’s a very good horse but he’s had a couple of little hiccups and the time of year now is difficult.

“It’s just a matter of the horse staying sound.”

Weatherly’s sire Beneteau died of a neurological disorder after only his second breeding season in 2013, and Massara believes that his horse has the potential to underline himself as the stud’s best progeny.

“Beneteau never got a chance to race over much further but no doubt he would have got a trip in time,” he said.

“I thought maybe 2000 metres as a later horse.

“It’s a shame we lost him because statistically he was going to be a top-class stallion but that’s the way it is.”

Weatherly ran on for a credible sixth in the Listed Ladbrokes Blue Diamond Preview (1000m) on debut on January 26th, but was undoubtedly in peak condition when he recorded a dominant and near-two length win in the Listed Talindert Stakes (1100m) on February 20th.

Last seen running third in the Group 2 Todman Stakes (1200m) on March 5th, Weatherly has performed particularly well through several barrier trials leading into his competitive return.

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