Tom Melbourne Ready for Spring Carnival

Tom Melbourne has trialled well and is among nine horses from Chris Waller’s Gold Coast stable heading south for carnival racing.

Stakes performer and fan favourite Tom Melbourne will head a float-load of talented horses from Chris Waller’s Gold Coast stable bound for Sydney.

Several of the Waller-trained horses trialled at the Gold Coast on Monday with Tom Melbourne running second behind handy sprinter Snitz in a 1000m-heat.

Tom Melbourne raced three deep behind the pace but worked to the line strongly to be beaten a length.

Although he has become a public figure for his 14 seconds on the track, Tom Melbourne’s winter carnival form showed he is capable of winning a big race in the spring.

At his most recent run, he was fifth in the Group One Stradbroke Handicap on June 8 which has encouraged Waller to look at stakes races for the gelding in the southern spring carnivals.

Waller’s Queensland manager Paul Shailer said there would be nine horses on the float leaving for Sydney on Tuesday.

“Chris is putting the finishing touches to their plans for the spring and we were happy with the way some of them trialled on Monday,” he said.

Le Juge, Mantastic, Duchess Of Lennox, and Lady Cuvee are among those heading south.

They were all unplaced in their Gold Coast trials but had easy runs.

“They did what we wanted and are getting ready for the spring,” Shailer said.


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Savvy Acquisition Scores his Maiden for Tony Haydon

Tony Haydon trained Savvy Acquisition powered home in the 1800m Maiden at Gold Coast on Saturday to score by two-lengths over Starlighter.

Post-race Tony stated, “It was great to see the horse finally breakthrough for a very well deserved win he had been so consistent for us last preparation and this prep not a lot had gone right in his first 3 runs but what was so pleasing was heading into this race we felt very good about where the horse was at physically and mentally and with a lovely ride he was able to produce the goods”.

All going well, Savvy will now head to Ipswich Wednesday week to step up to the Class 1 over the ideal distance of 2150m. The Kiwi-bred gelding should relish the rise in distance.

At Flemington over the weekend, Romancer thoroughly enjoyed the heavy surface, powering home in the 1400m Open Handicap to finish second to Vinland. Clocking 35.80 secs for the final 600m, Romancer did extremely well to fight to the line having raced three wide without cover and losing a front shoe in the process.

Grahame Begg has done an exceptional job with this horse and we are looking forward to his next start this campaign.

Not to be disgraced this weekend, Kellstorm also ran a solid second place at Newcastle in NSW for the Freedman Brothers. Unlucky in running, he was forced extremely wide coming into the straight. Under apprentice Louise Day, Kellstorm managed to round up the field in the final 400m under the top weight, going down on the line by less than a neck.

Trainer Richard Freedman felt “he ran really well and I feel we are getting his head back into the right space. He seems to have pulled up well.” With a suitable race Saturday week at Randwick, we hope to see Kellstorm in the winner’s circle!


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A Wet and Wild Weekend Ahead for OTI’s Victorian Runners

With a number of scratchings as a result of the extreme weather forecast and rain due to hit the state, our Victorian runners are primed to make their mark this weekend.

Kicking off Saturday’s racing in a far sunnier Queensland is Master Zephyr, who is in good order ahead of his 2200m Open Handicap at Doomben. He has continued to please the Haydon Racing team, maintaining his condition and fitness leading into the race. From the good draw they hope to see him settle just behind the speed and manage a clear run home. A strong each-way chance we hope to see him put his best hoof forward.

Also for the Haydon Racing stable, Savvy Acquisition heads to the Gold Coast and is engaged in the 1800m Maiden. Having managed to secure Glen Colless to ride, they hope to see the horse settle in a nice position mid-field or better and find clear room for running. Savvy Acquisition is a horse that takes some time to wind up down the straight, so we hope to see him in a position ready to make his move – and finally crack his maiden!

Further south in Victoria, Romancer joins a strong line up in the 1400m Open Handicap, taking on the likes of mudlark Jungle Edge. Dragged out of his comfort zone last start in the way the race was run, trainer Grahame Begg is this start looking to have him ridden back off the speed and let the race unfold in front of him. The wide gate makes things a little awkward, however, the heavy rain predicted overnight certainly won’t do Romancer any harm. He should perform well under the low weight and will relish in the soft track.

Below: Romancer winning at Flemington. 

Chelkar also heads to Flemington for the 2000m BM78, dropping back in distance for Archie Alexander. Drawing well, he jumps from barrier 4 of 16, and Archie would like to see him push forward to be within the first five runners. Declan Bates takes the ride and after having galloped him in blinkers, is looking forward to riding a sharper horse this time out. Chelkar is a horse that can hold a solid galloping tempo, however, has limited sit and sprint capabilities. We hope the race pans out in his favour and he can work home strongly to the line.

Another OTI runner stepping out Flemington is Angelic Spirit in the Mares BM84 over 1400m. The track rating may pose an issue, having struggled with the heavier going at Caulfield previously this preparation. Linda Meech who has won on Angelic and will take the reins and look to rate her kindly out in front, before taking off for home. Reports from the Busuttin stable is that she has enjoyed her freshen up between runs and looks primed for the run.

Below: Linda Meech and Angelic Spirit. 

In NSW, Kellstorm travels to Newcastle for the Freedman racing team where he will step out in the BM70 over 2950m. A true staying test, Kellstorm takes a drop-in class to become the top weight and ridden by apprentice Louise Day, who claims 3kgs. Carrying 60kgs, we hope to see him figuring in the finish in the Hunter Stayers Cup.

Rounding out the weekend is our 7-length maiden winner Tigre Royale stepping up in class to take on the 2400m BM64 for Archie Alexander. The significant rainfall due to hit the state over the weekend may influence his running in the race, however, at this stage, he is set to make his mark for Declan Bates.

We wish all of their connections the best of luck this weekend and happy racing!

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