Wells hopes to keep winning Story going
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.”