A standout performer over the 2014 edition of the Autumn Carnival, French import Weary has kicked-off his 2015 campaign in style, displaying an exceptional turn of foot late to win the featured Group 2 Expressway Stakes (1200m) at Rosehill Gardens.
Jumping from the gates well, jockey Tommy Berry settled the son of Astronomer Royal in prime position on the gelds of early leader Driefontein, who set a noticeably quick tempo away from the barriers and approaching the bend.
Hugging the rails and cutting the corner into the final straight, Weary continued spooling up but appeared to be too far off the pace of Driefontein, who charged clear of her rivals with 300m to run.
Pressing forward, Weary hit top speed and reached the Gai Waterhouse-trained mare in the final 100m; poking a head clear to secure his first Australian Group 2 victory.
Berry delivered a perfectly-timed ride on Weary for 2015 Expressway Stakes success and was quick to lay the praise on trainer Chris Waller and his talented partner.
“He was going to run fourth or fifth and in the last 50 metres he found another gear,” Berry said after dismounting.
“Mr Waller has found the key to him this preparation. He ran really well in a barrier trial and brought it to the races.”
Waller was understandably thrilled with Weary’s first-up victory in the Expressway Stakes and revealed the Group 2 Apollo Stakes (1400m) at Randwick on February 14th is likely to figure as his next point of call.
“He is a horse who has given me a few headaches,” Waller said.
“After the spring we brought in a pony as a companion for him.
“Sometimes he just wouldn’t gallop but he has settled down now with the pony and works properly.
“I’ve never had a horse like him. He is one in a thousand.
“I think it’s likely they will all run next in the Apollo Stakes. I’ll weigh them all up.”
Adding a fourth victory to his 17 start career in taking out the 2015 Expressway Stakes, Weary began his racing tenure under the guidance of trainer Harry Dunlop before transferring to the care of Waller at the conclusion of 2013.
Winning the Group 3 Doncaster Prelude (1500m) and claiming minor place finishes in each of the Group 1 Doncaster Mile (1600m) and Group 1 All Aged Stakes (1400m) most notably over the 2014 Autumn Carnival, Weary was unable to make much of an impact over three spring starts but appears to have returned to racing this time in career-best condition.
Punters who backed Weary to win the 2015 Expressway Stakes with Ladbrokes.com.au were paid out on impressive $5.50 odds for success!
2015 Expressway Stakes Results
|1||4||WEARY (FR)||Chris Waller||Tommy Berry||–||4||58.5kg||$7|
|2||10||DRIEFONTEIN||Gai Waterhouse||Blake Shinn||0.1L||5||56.5kg||$5.50|
|3||8||TERRITORY||Jarrod Austin||Sam Clipperton||1.1L||7||58.5kg||$14|
|4||11||PANZER DIVISION||Paul Messara||James McDonald||1.2L||11||55kg||$4.40F|
|5||6||MALAVIO||Steve Englebrecht||Christian Reith||1.9L||6||58.5kg||$16|
|6||9||THERMAL CURRENT||Peter G Moody||Kerrin McEvoy||2.1L||8||58.5kg||$16|
|7||5||BAGMAN||Chris Waller||Brenton Avdulla||2.3L||9||58.5kg||$31|
|8||2||BEATEN UP (GB)||Chris Waller||Jason Collett||2.9L||2||58.5kg||$41|
|9||1||BOBAN||Chris Waller||Glyn Schofield||3.4L||3||58.5kg||$5.50|
|10||3||HAWKSPUR||Chris Waller||Tye Angland||4.6L||1||58.5kg||$41|
|11||7||THAT’S A GOOD IDEA||Peter & Paul Snowden||Joshua Parr||6L||10||58.5kg||$6|