WARRNAMBOOL trainer Symon Wilde is hoping a change in track conditions will help the fortunes of his gallopers Lord Wimble and Boombuster at Flemington today.
Lord Wimble, which ran fourth last start, runs in an $80,000 race (1800 metres) while the promising Boombuster, which only beat two runners home at Warrnambool last time out, lines up in a $100,000 event (1400m).
“Both my horses failed in the heavy going at Warrnambool,” Wilde said.
“I was happy with the run of Lord Wimble to run fourth. Jockey Damien Oliver got off him and said the horse never handled the heavy going so it was a very good run.
“We thought of giving him a break but then the better racing surface at Flemington appealed. He should be competitive,” Wilde said.
“Apprentice jockey Harry Coffey rides Lord Wimble and with his two-kilogram claim we’re in really well on the weights. The horse took no harm from his run at Warrnambool. I would say we’ll probably give him a break after today.”
Boombuster was beaten 30 lengths in a 1400m race last week but jockey Stephen Baster encouraged Wilde to run the three-year-old today.
“Stephen just said Boombuster never went one yard on the heavy track.
“He said the horse was ducking and diving everywhere on the heavy track.
“Physically and mentally Boombuster is well. We know Boombuster is a lot better than his run at Warrnambool,” Wilde said.
“We’ll give him this run and then send him around in a 1600m race at Flemington in a fortnight. He’ll then have a good break. We rate Boombuster highly.
“We’re confident he will develop into a handy horse in the future.
“He’s still maturing and with a good break behind him he should be a better horse next time in work.”
Camperdown-trained Me Hungi, which beat Lord Wimble home at Warrnambool, tackles him again today, while Paul McKenna’s last start Warrnambool placegetter Red Casino runs in a two-year-old race at Flemington.
Meanwhile, the Wilde stable has four runners at Sandown tomorrow.
Badger’s Luck and Hiphopopotamus run in a maiden hurdle, Straight Jacket is in a two-year-old race over 1200m and Eumeralla Girl takes her place in a three-year-old event.
Warrnambool trainer Patrick Ryan saddles up Bombalatomba in a 1600m race and Camperdown trainer Clint Marshall has Hisstar in the same race.
Ciaron Maher accepted with Campeao in the maiden hurdle and Little Bubula in a 1200m event.