Companion the Key to 2015 Expressway Stakes Success for Weary

January 30th, 2015

Barely a shade on the impressive autumn performer when returning for three lacklustre starts over the Spring Racing Carnival, trainer Chris Waller is confident talented import Weary is capable of first-up success in Saturday’s Group 2 Expressway Stakes (1200m) after striking up a calming friendship with pony ‘Dunlop’.

Chris Waller is confident of first-up success for Weary in the 2015 Expressway Stakes. Photo: Steve Hart

Chris Waller is confident of first-up success for Weary in the 2015 Expressway Stakes. Photo: Steve Hart

Failing to finish outside the places over five starts in his maiden Australian campaign last autumn, Weary placed fifth in the Group 2 Missile Stakes (1200m) first-up in spring before beating one runner home in the Group 2 Warwick Stakes (1400m) and finishing a distant last in the Group 2 Tramway Stakes (1400m); failing to make his major target in the Group 1 Epsom Handicap (1600m).

Pleased with the calming influence Dunlop has had on Weary in recent months, Waller said the Astronomer Royal gelding has never performed better in work and is confident his runner is more than capable of winning the 2015 Expressway Stakes on Saturday.

“I would explain it as a friendship, him (Weary) having a companion. The pony gives him confidence,” Waller told AAP.

“He doesn’t seem to stress and worry about his work on the way out to the track and therefore he just goes out and gets it done and comes back.

“It’s pretty powerful when they’re together, they get the job done.

“He always looked well last preparation but didn’t perform. Even on the track we were having a few troubles with him concentrating.

“This preparation has been a breath of fresh air so far.

“If Black Caviar was in there or one of Joe Pride’s good sprinters at the moment you’d say, ‘well we can’t win the race’.

“But it’s not an overly strong race so it’s going to give us a chance at least.”

Securing three wins and six minor places over his 16 start career, Weary began his racing career under the guidance of trainer Harry Dunlop before being transported to the care of Waller following his 2013 campaign in France.

Running third in a minor over 1400m first-up before placing second in the Group 2 Ajax Stakes (1500m), Weary charged home to win the Group 3 Doncaster Prelude (1500m) on April 5th; placing third in the Group 1 Doncaster Mile (1600m) one week later and returning to the paddock following a close run for second in the Group 1 All Aged Stakes (1600m).

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