Wellington bids for a repeat

Trainer Richard Gibson is hoping his gifted youngster Wellington can notch back-to-back wins and keep on rising in Sunday’s Class 2 Flamingo Handicap (1000m).

“All the racing fans get behind these improving horses – it makes you very motivated to train, we’ll just keep looking after him and see how far he can get up the rankings,” Gibson said.

A winner of four from five starts, the All Too Hard gelding returned from an eight-month break last month with a two and a quarter length triumph over 1000m at Sha Tin, firmly pushed out by champion jockey Zac Purton to earn every inch over the concluding stage.

“It was a decent performance, he was a bit raw and fierce at the beginning of race but in the end he almost struggled a bit to complete it but he’d only had a couple of trials so he was a bit short on fitness,” Gibson said.

“We’re very happy, the horse has responded well to the race and did a nice piece of work on the turf last week with Zac (Purton) – all lights are green for Sunday,” Gibson said.

Purton will again take the reins atop the gelding and the duo will break from gate 10 against 13 others.

“I’m not one to really talk up my horses – I much prefer that they do the talking on the track but this horse is fast, he’s a fast horse and I think after this race we’ll see him step up to 1200 metres and see if he can front up against the big boys,” Gibson said of his 88-rater.



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