Chris Waller’s Queensland stable foreman Paul Shailer will have an extra reason to cheer juvenile colt Osbeck when he makes his debut in Saturday’s Sizzling Plate 2YO (1050m) at Doomben.
Shailer, a Kiwi who was Waller’s long-time foreman when the trainer first moved to Sydney before Shailer moved back to New Zealand to try his hand at training, owns the Sidereus two-year-old.
Shailer paid $45,000 for Osbeck at the Gold Coast Magic Millions 2YOs In Training Sale in October and he can recoup the purchase price if the colt wins the Sizzling Plate which offers $64,000 plus a QTIS bonus to the winner.
Bookies have posted Osbeck as the $3.30 favourite on the strength of his Gold Coast trial win earlier this month where he bungled the start but recovered well to win the 900m trial by more than two lengths.
“He has shown me plenty and Glen Colless gave me a really good push for him after that trial win, even though he didn’t win in overly quick time,” Shailer, who runs Waler’s Gold Coast stable, said.
“I am mindful he’s not a Snitzel or an Exceed And Excel but I quite like him.
“I had a few nibbles to buy him after the trial win but I thought he would be better off racing for some good prizemoney.”
Osbeck will jump from barrier one at Doomben on Saturday and Shailer hopes he will land just behind the leaders, although that is hard to predict in a race with plenty of unraced two-year-olds.
One thing for sure is that Osbeck is a big lump of a horse.
“He is 540kg and that is very big for a two-year-old colt at this stage of their development,” Shailer said.
“He is big and athletic and that is probably just as well seeing as he hasn’t had a break from his work since I purchased him.
“Drawn barrier one over 1050m I would like to see him take advantage of his good gate speed and be getting a trail just behind the leader.”
The powerful Waller stable has nominated 18 two-year-olds for January’s rich Magic Millions Classic.
A big part of the plan in having a Gold Coast stable was for Waller to seriously target the Magic Millions for the first time.
“Chris is already a very dominant trainer in Australia and this (Magic Millions 2YO) is another box he wants to tick,” Shailer said. – Racenet.com.au