Big race jockey Craig Williams has picked up the ride on outstanding former Western Australian three year old Disposition for his upcoming Melbourne Autumn Carnival campaign.
The well performed Disposition was transferred to Mornington trainer Wez Hunter after being narrowly beaten when second by the the Chris Waller trained Moriarty in the Group 1 $500,000 WFA TAB Touch – Kingston Town Classic (1800m) at Ascot on December 6.
Hunter is aiming Disposition towards the Group 1 $500,000 Australian Guineas (1600m) at Flemington on March 7 and Williams was on hand at the Balnarring jumpouts this morning to test the Reset gelding for the Autumn.
Hunter said that Williams was impressed with the way that Disposition won his 1000m hitout and was keen to book him in for the Group 3 $150,000 C S Hayes Stakes (1400m) at Flemington on February 21 and the Australian Guineas.
“He (Williams) said he’ll measure up to whatever I want to run him in, he was really impressed, so fingers crossed we’ll just keep doing what we’re doing and we’ll turn up at Flemington,” Hunter told Racing.com.
“I’m actually pretty excited about him after watching him this morning and hearing Craig’s comments, I was pretty pumped.
“He’s right up to the mark, he had a blow but I’ve kept in mind it’s still two-and-a-half weeks until that race at Flemington (CS Hayes). He’s pretty much right where I want him.”
“It was a 1000m trial, he jumped well and travelled well, sat second outside the leader and he really ramped it up from about the 600m mark, he ran really good time.”
“He ran two seconds faster than any other trial over the same distance on the day, his trial was extremely good.”
If Disposition performs up to expectations against his own age group, Hunter will then been tempted to step him back up to weight for age and take on the older horses in the Group 1 $1m Australian Cup (2000m) at Flemington on March 14.
“Bob Peters (Owner) sent him to me, he had a bit of a plan with him to just include those two races and all going well maybe have a go at the Australian Cup, we’ll just be guided by the horse, but he’ll definitely be at Flemington on the 21st,” Hunter said.
“He’s proven at Weight For Age Group 1 level, he was a lip off winning a Group 1 against some seasoned tough horses and he did it at both ends, he’s an exciting horse.”
Disposition won his first four race starts at Northam, Belmont and Ascot when prepared by leading Perth trainer Grant Williams before being beaten half a length by Rommel in the Group 2 $400,000 Sky Racing-W.A. Guineas (1600m) at Ascot on November 22 prior to his narrow defeat in the weight for age Kingston Town Classic.
In early Australian Guineas betting with Ladbrokes.com.au Disposition is marked as a $15 chance with the Peter and Paul Snowden trained Shooting To Win at the top of the market order at $7 ahead of Petrology at $10 and the undefeated Lucky Liberty at $11.