HONEST Warrnambool galloper Lord Wimble was a good thing beaten in a $100,000 open handicap at Caulfield on Saturday, according to his trainer Bill Wilde.
Lord Wimble was knocked from pillar to post by the David Hayes-trained Auld Burns before finishing just over a length behind Lord Durante in the 1600-metre race.
Wilde said the six-year-old lost momentum at an important stage of the race.
“Punters should just forget he went around. I reckon he should have won,” he said.
“He just could not get out when he needed to. Jake Noonan on Auld Burns kept him in.
“Lord Wimble bounced off Auld Burns.
“I think the interference cost us a couple of lengths.
“It’s disappointing not to win but there’s nothing we can do about it — that’s just racing.
“Luck plays a big part in racing and Lord Wimble had none on Saturday.
“We can only look forward to his next run. He’s racing in stellar form.”
Wilde, who trains in partnership with his son Symon, said he would be forced to travel with the consistent Lord Wimble, which took his stake earnings to in excess of $298,000 with his second placing.
“Lord Wimble has an awkward rating,” the Warrnambool dentist said.
“His honesty and consistency means we’re going to look at races in Melbourne or even Tasmania with him.
“He seems to have pulled up well.
“We’ll look at the racing calendar over the next few days and try and work out where we’ll run him next.”
Initiator, trained by Warrnambool’s Aaron Purcell, was heavily backed into favourite before running third in a 2000-metre race, while other Warrnambool gallopers LuckyI’mbarefoot and Smarty Mac finished eighth and ninth respectively in the same race.
Mango Mojito ran second for Jarrod McLean.
His other runner, Youbolt, finished 11th in a restricted race over 1200 metres.