Wells hopes to keep win­ning Story go­ing

Mercury (Hobart) - - RACING -

TRAINER Leon Wells re­gards lightly raced four-yearold Gee Gee True Story as a work in progress but still ex­pects the son of Word­smith to add another win to his im­pres­sive record in Launceston tonight.

Gee Gee True Story has started only five times for three wins and a mi­nor plac­ing and the only time he missed a place he was fourth.

Tonight he steps up to a bench­mark 74 hand­i­cap over 1100m and while it is clearly his big­gest test, the geld­ing takes win­ning form into the race and he will carry only 53.5kg cour­tesy of ap­pren­tice Scar­let So’s 3kg claim.

“This horse has had only a hand­ful of starts for three wins so he ob­vi­ously has abil­ity, but I’m pretty sure it’s un­tapped abil­ity,” Wells said.

“I couldn’t fault his last­start ef­fort and when they win it’s hard to put a knock on them.

“Whether he is the real deal might not be shown un­til next prep be­cause we are def­i­nitely go­ing to get a bet­ter idea from what he shows us this time around. He still does a cou­ple of things wrong in his races, but over­all we couldn’t be more pleased with how he is pro­gress­ing.

“He can lay in when he’s placed un­der pres­sure, but other than that he races truly and he has the abil­ity to put him­self into a race with his nat­u­ral speed and excellent turn of foot.”

Gee Gee True Story has drawn bar­rier one and that should al­low him to find what­ever slot his rider wants in the first 200m. “He has good early speed so bar­rier one will be an ad­van­tage,” Wells said. “But there’s plenty of other speed in the race and that’s go­ing to suit my horse even more.”

Apri­ano is likely to con­test the lead with My Biddy and Quick Quill which also usu­ally step well from the gates.

STORMONT has the chance to win again when he steps out in the bench­mark 66 hand­i­cap over 1600m (race 7).

The Rod Sey­mour-trained six-year-old won first up in a class one hand­i­cap and last start he rat­tled home late

over 1600m to fin­ish second to Ocean Essence.

Tonight Stormont meets Ocean Essence much bet­ter at the weights with a 1.5kg turn­around and that could be a telling fac­tor at the busi­ness end of the race.

GARY WHITE snared a dou­ble at last Wed­nes­day’s meet­ing and he could walk away with at least one win from the two he sad­dles up tonight. Heaven’s De­light comes off a last-start win in a bench­mark 60 over 1220m.

“I couldn’t be hap­pier with how Heaven’s De­light has done since her last win and even though she is up in class, she is a very ca­pa­ble gal­loper that has re­turned to rac­ing in the best shape of her ca­reer,” White said.

“I also have Lord Wim­borne in a maiden [race 1], but so far he has proven to be a won­der­ful track worker but has failed to flat­ter on race days. But we’ve changed some head gear and hope­fully it will al­low him to per­form in the race like he does on the train­ing track.”

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