Leading Sydney trainer Chris Waller completed an early treble at Rosehill Gardens this afternoon after Hoylonny scored an upset win in the Dooleys Handicap.
Hoylonny was friendless in betting in the lead-up to Dooleys Handicap, with imported stayers Disclaimer and Evangelist well supported, but she showed the turn-of-foot that he is capable of at his best to score his first race win since November last year.
Waller won the opening race with Forever Crazy and the second race with Sensualism and he admitted that the victory of Hoylonny was the most surprising of his three early victories.
“He went to the paddock for a week after Grafton and we just kept him fresh because we are looking at the Wyong Cup in 20 days’ time,” Waller said after the race.
“He even jumped well today, I thought that he would jump back last, but he actually got into a spot and Tye Angland was able to ride a race on him.
“I guess just chasing jockeys around and trying different things and he won.
“We all know that he has the ability.
“It was a funny race; he spent no petrol and others had to take off early.
“One of the horses one anyway and it is a great day for the Ingham’s with three winners.”
Jockey Tye Angland was riding Hoylonny for the first time since he finished towards the tail of the field in the Freshmark Handicap (2000m) at Rosehill Gardens on June 14 and admitted that he was surprise at how quick the Lonhro gelding was able to get out of the gates.
“He actually jumped really good today and I had to drag him back to get into a position,” Angland said.
“When Blake Shinn took off at the 700 it really helped me because it injected a bit of speed into the race and I was able to cut the corner and ride for luck.
“I came up the inside of Black Jag and he wasn’t going as well as I thought I would and I was able to push him out and he was too good.”
Team Snowden-trained Disclaimer was the best backed runner in the lead-up to the race, but he was caught wide in the early stages and was one of the first horses beaten after using up plenty of early petrol, while Iggi Pop was also beaten quickly after being sent for home at the 700 metre mark by jockey Blake Shinn.
Gai Waterhouse-trained Bonfire was arguably the most impressive performer in the race and he worked home strongly carrying 61 kilograms in his Australian racing debut.