Sydney’s premier trainer Chris Waller has realistic expectations for Georgey Aeroplane despite the stayer’s very easy win at Rosehill Gardens.
“There are no lofty ambitions with this horse but he can win a good race next winter,’’ Waller said.
Georgey Aeroplane enjoyed the heavy track conditions and, aided by an expert, rails-hugging Hugh Bowman ride, he powered away with the Schweppes Handicap (2400m).
The further the race went the further Georgey Aeroplane ($4.60) increased the margin between himself and his chasing rivals, scoring by nearly six lengths from stablemate Forever Crazy ($21) with Khalid ($13) a half neck away third.
Georgey Aeroplane’s race career was at the crossroads when he suffered a suspensory ligament injury that kept him out of racing for 12 months.
Pentometer ($4.60) was backed into favouritism but didn’t appreciate the bog track conditions and laboured into sixth place.
Waller said Georgey Aeroplane’s race career was at the crossroads when he suffered a suspensory ligament injury that kept him out of racing for 12 months.
“The owners have been very patient but we didn’t know what to expect from this horse as his first two runs back were terrible,’’ Waller said.
“But he has continued to get better at his last three runs. Our stable likes to persevere with these older horses because they are your ‘bread and butter’.’’
Waller also pointed out Georgey Aeroplane has a perfect race record on his home track — three starts for three wins.
Forever Crazy was considered suspect at 2400m but did well to claim second placing. “The mare tried very hard and it opens a few doors for her now,’’ Waller added.
German stayer Khalid appeared uncomfortable in the going but did not shirk his task to claim the minor placing.
Paul Perry, the champion Newcastle trainer, said Khalid is open to further improvement.
“Khalid is getting better with every run,’’ Perry said. “We will head towards the Newcastle Gold Cup with him now.’’
Source: Ray Thomas