Stout shows heart at Canterbury
04 Aug 2012 | Stout Hearted (USA) has relished rising to 1900m and a breakneck tempo set up front winning the $85,000, Canterbury BMW Strong Relations Bm 87 Handicap at Canterbury on Saturday.
The Chris Waller-trained gelding had commenced his latest campaign with two most encouraging runs and was always expected to improve further third up rising in trip.
The $3.00 favourite Havana Rey and Tommy Berry went out to a 10L lead immediately the race commenced with Berry unable to steady his mount dismissing any chance of a successful result.
Stout Hearted and Tommy Berry cruise to an easy victory, picture sportpix.com.au
Stout Hearted (55kg) and Tommy Berry clinically got into space on straightening for the run home and he cruised away to a commanding win over Lethal Arrow (57kg) (Snaaadee) and Josh Parr with Gazza Guru (58.5kg) (Street Cry) and Nash Rawiller third.
The margins were 4 1/2L and 1/2L with the time 1.56.52 on the Dead 4 track with the final 600m in 37.91. Stout Hearted paid $3.20 on NSW TAB.
“The race panned out to suit him,” Waller said.
“He is still learning the game and settling and I think with that frantic pace today it gave him a chance to settle. Even then he was a bit keen.”
Waller was quick to praise Nathan Berry who is now two from two aboard the Dynaformer gelding having won aboard him first up at Rosehill.
“Nathan never panicked, we were conscious of getting stuck on the fence,” Waller said.
“Nathan to his credit backed his own judgement and stayed there and got a nice gap and it was good to see him accelerate as quickly as he did.
“He showed that acceleration first up and maybe it was a case of second up syndrome last start but to come back and do it again today, it was great.”
The leading Sydney trainer is hopeful the UK import can continue his rise through the grades this campaign, highlighting The Verminator as another stablemate who raced through the winter before tasting Group success in the spring.
“Just to keep winning races is his aim,” Waller said.
“It is a good time of year and we've have a bit of luck with these types of horses. I could compare him to a horse like The Verminator last year. He was just winning midweeks, then Saturday's and then he ended up winning a Metropolitan.
“You need things to fall your way but he has got plenty of condition on him, he is a racehorse and he will be up for a long prep.”
Stout Hearted is out of the Danzig mare Seebe and he was bred by leading Kentucky breeder and owner George Strawbridge Jr.
This was his fourth win from 12 starts and with three placings he has earned overall stakes of $123,051. He is owned by GL Grimish and Mrs M Grimish who are long term supporters of Waller's stable.
Additional reporting Racingandsports.com.au
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