Chris Waller’s Melbourne stable foreperson Justine Hales has confirmed that Weary will be settled towards the tail of the field in the early stages of the 2015 Memsie Stakes at Caulfield tomorrow.
Weary showed that he was capable of being settled close to the speed when he battled on for a third place finish behind Contributer in the Group 2 Apollo Stakes (1400m) at Royal Randwick on February 14 and racing experts Daniel O’Sullivan and Ralph Horowitz both indicated that Weary could cross into a lovely position in the early stages of the Memsie Stakes, but Hales told Racing Ahead that jockey Craig Newitt will be instructed to settle the imported galloper well off the speed in the Group 1 event this weekend.
“He will get back, there is really not much of another option from that gate,” Waller said.
Weary started his 2015 Sydney Autumn Racing Carnival campaign with a strong win in the Group 2 Expressway Stakes (1200m) at Rosehill Gardens on January 31 and he performed well in the Apollo Stakes, but his form tapered off in the Group 1 Chipping Norton Stakes (1600m) at Warwick Farm on February 28, the Group 1 George Ryder Stakes (1500m) at Rosehill Gardens on March 21 and the Group 1 All Aged Stakes (1400m) at Royal Randwick on May 9.
The Astronomer Royal gelding returned to his best form with a second place finish in the Group 1 Doomben Cup (2000m) on May 9 and he impressed with his second place finish in the Group 2 Missile Stakes (1200m) at Royal Randwick on August 8, which had Hales praising the work that the Waller stable has done with the enigmatic galloper in recent months.
“He has been a bit of an interesting horse and he is a bit of a ratbag to work, but the boys up in Sydney have done a good job to make his manners a bit better,” Hales said.
“He ran really well the other day.
“He looks well, he has travelled down fine and he looks to be coping well with the change of environment and he hasn’t been naughty yet.”
Weary is currently available at 2015 Memsie Stakes odds of $8 with Ladbrokes and he is on the second line of betting behind stablemate Boban ($4.80).
The Waller stable are chasing their first win in the Memsie Stakes after missing the placings with Boban 12 months ago.