Ruling nation horse of the year Wentwood is being challenged to make a splash amongst the city slickers by securing the prominent group 2 level, the last huge race of the Melbourne spring carnival, at Caulfield on Saturday. Wentwood is trained
by young handler together with her partner Paddy Bell, an ex-New Zealand jockey, and under their tutelage the stayer has actually taken amazing strides because joining their Warrnambool stable. Now a seven-year-old, the kid of Epsom Derby winner started his racing profession in Ireland with the famous Dermot Weld, who won the 1993 Melbourne Cup with Classic Crop. He signed up with Raymond’s backyard in 2020, simply as she was establishing on her own, having actually discovered her trade as Darren Dam’s Warrnambool supervisor prior to the latter’s suspension ruled him out of racing. And the horse has actually
gone from strength to strength ever since. A year earlier, in October 2020, Wentwood registered his very first win for the lawn when he got the St Arnaud Cup. He then ran 2nd in the Ararat Cup, won the Werribee Cup and scored his very first cosmopolitan win at Flemington prior to Christmas. A hectic and efficient very first season for Raymond concluded with a win in the Terang Cup prior to a down the field ending in the Warrnambool Cup. It was those cup efforts that assisted land him his title of nation horse of the year and increased his score to the point where Raymond has actually needed to intend him at loftier targets– although he did return to his old rural stomping ground in October to tape yet another nation cup accomplishment in the $400,000 Bendigo Cup. Raymond upped the
ante throughout the Cup Week carnival when setting Wentwood a group 3 obstacle in the Queen Elizabeth Stakes over 2600 metres. It is a range she now thinks might be simply beyond him– however he kept up credit to end up 3rd behind one of Saturday’s competitors Caution in a race where the latter’s rider, Nash Rawiller, had the ability to determine the race from the front. He fulfills both Caution and runner-up Noise on less useful terms on Saturday and likewise needs to compete with the class runner of the field Spanish Objective, the UK import who ran 3rd in the Melbourne Cup and now has his very first start for Peter Moody. Raymond understands it will be a difficult task, albeit one worth trying. Obviously is an action ahead of the rest,
however at the exact same time he is hanging back to 2400 and he has actually likewise got to navigate Caulfield, which can be challenging for horses who have not run there, so I believe we can certainly be competitive. She thinks the hang back to 2400 metres in the Zipping will remain in Wentwood’s favour. We got our nose ahead at the 2400 and the last 200 most likely saw us out a bit.
Simply where he compares to the similarity Spanish Objective stays to be seen. Ideally a handicap race versus those horses would be far more ideal for him, however I believe he absolutely deserves his opportunity at this grade in this sort of race. We are really happy with him, he’s come a long method in 12 months from a St Arnaud Cup to a Zipping Classic, he has actually certainly surpassed our expectations. If Wentwood can fly the flag for the nation cousins, he will be offering Raymond her 2nd winner at group 2 level in simply her 2nd season training. Earlier in the spring she won the Let’s Elope Stakes for fillies and mares with Turaath– okay choosing a backyard that just has 15 horses in training. Raymond partnered with Bell when the set fulfilled in Dubai, bringing various Australian horses for huge races– she took a trip with the then Weir-trained Brave Smash,
Caulfield-based Bell with Lloyd Kennelwell’s Bell had actually formerly worked for Moody, riding Black Caviar in her work so, as Raymond states, we both had
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