Warrnambool co-trainer Symon Wilde is talking Cups after emerging stayer Full Peal scored his fifth win on the trot in the Zouki Western Hcp (2000m) at Flemington today.
Saving punters from what was emerging as a day of wipe outs for favourites, the five-year-old easily took care of opponents after a great ride by Ben Melham.
Full Peal has progressed from a 58 hcp to an 89 Hcp thanks to some great race placement by Wilde and co-trainer, his father Bill.
But the cotton wool now comes off with Wilde calling for a talk with owners about the horse’s future.
“We are going to have the raise the bar at this stage but I don’t know where,” Symon Wilde said.
“Perhaps a Perth Cup or a Hobart Cup is now on the agenda, it is undecided at this stage.
“He is very versatile, two weeks ago he handled a heavy track and won on a good two here.
“I’m glad we have got a favourite home otherwise we would have been ducking for cover with all the others ones getting beaten.”
Melham settled Full Peal behind leader Abitofado with LuckyI’mbarefoot on its outside.
At the turn he was looking for a way out when travelling sweetly.
The gap came in the straight and Melham pushed through before taking Full Peal to a hands and heels victory.
Enchanting Waters, who was caught three wide of part of the trip, did well to take second with Cheerful Jury running on for third.
“The tempo was okay, I thought it important to get cover and I did,” Melham said.
“He has a bit of class about him for sure, each time they raise the bar he lifts to the occasion.
“He has a decent race in him yet.”
|1||4||FULL PEAL||Bill & Symon Wilde||Ben Melham||3||57kg||$1.70F|
|2||8||ENCHANTING WATERS||Michael Sell||Terry Barry||1.75L||7||53kg||$21|
|3||10||CHEERFUL JURY||Sonny Coombes||Dwayne Dunn||1.95L||6||53kg (cd 53.5kg)||$81|
|4||2||ABITOFADO (NZ)||Patrick F Ryan||Daniel Stackhouse (a2)||3.95L||4||58.5kg (cd 56.5kg)||$6|
|5||1||RIGHT FONG||David Balfour||Jordan Mallyon (a2)||4.25L||1||59kg (cd 57kg)||$12|
|6||3||RENTAROSSA||Terry & Karina O’Sullivan||Nicholas Hall||5.5L||8||58.5kg||$31|
|7||7||LUCKYI’MBAREFOOT||Matthew Williams||Dean Yendall||7.25L||5||53kg||$7.50|
|8||9||CHECKABOARD LOUNGE (NZ)||Neil Walsh||Craig Newitt||8L||2||53kg (cd 53.5kg)||$31|
|5||HIPHOPOPOTAMUS (NZ)||Michael Moroney||Jack Hill (a2)||0|
|6||JEUNEYS END||Allan Fitzgerald||0|