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Steeplechase double for Wilde

Georgethefifth's return to Warrnambool coincided with a return to form on Tuesday.

The Kiwi-bred six-year-old gelding trained by Symon Wilde made a successful Australian jumping debut during Warrnambool's May Racing Carnival but failed to finish as $3.30 favourite in the $100,000 Australian Steeplechase (3900m) at Sandown on May 24.

Georgethefifth ($2.70 favourite) met five rivals in Tuesday's $27,000 Tim Boyle Panels Steeplechase (3450m) and displayed the skill evidenced at his past Warrnambool outing, winning by nine lengths under Clayton Douglas.

"We were scratching our heads a little bit (after the Australian Steeplechase) but watching the replay over and over he crashed through three jumps in a row and it just knocked the absolute wind out of him - you just can't do that in that sort of class," said part-owner and stable representative Liam Hoy.

Hoy suggested Georgethefifth could have his next start in the $90,000 Thackeray Steeplechase (3450m) at Warrnambool on Sunday, July 5.

"We gave him a chance on Heavy ground today and that gives us an idea on what path we plot for him next season. He looks like he's going to be handy," Hoy said.

Wilde prepared the other steeplechase winner at Warrnambool on Tuesday as well, with stablemate Elvison successful in the $27,000 Shanahan Electric Motors 1JW Steeplechase (3450m).

The Gai Waterhouse and Adrian Bott-trained Hokkaido Miss and the Dane Smith-trained San Remo won maiden hurdles while Warrnambool May Racing Carnival maiden hurdle winner Inayforhay won his second jumps race for Paul Preusker.
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