Cape Sounion impresses trainer Symon Wilde with benchmark 64 victory

BUOYANT: Warrnambool trainer Symon Wilde's Cape Sounion defeated his stablemate Florida Pearl to win a benchmark 64 race on Wednesday. Picture: Amy Paton
BUOYANT: Warrnambool trainer Symon Wilde's Cape Sounion defeated his stablemate Florida Pearl to win a benchmark 64 race on Wednesday. Picture: Amy Paton

WARRNAMBOOL trainer Symon Wilde was buoyant about Cape Sounion’s chances of winning a benchmark 64 race at his home track on Wednesday after the four-year-old put in an impressive track gallop at Terang last week.

Cape Sounion defeated his stablemate Florida Pearl by more than three lengths with Unrealistic in third place in the $20,000 race.

Wilde said Cape Sounion appreciated the drop in weight and the lift in distance to register his second win from eight starts.

“Cape Sounion was our best track worker last week,” he said. “He put in a solid gallop with a mate at Terang.  We thought he would have been competitive at his last two runs in benchmark 58s but he led us down. I suppose the drop in weight helped him win the benchmark 64 and the extra distance also helped. I’m confident he can run through his grades.”

Wilde revealed he had purchased Cape Sounion’s half sister for $60,000 at last year’s Melbourne Premier Inglis Yearling Sale.

“I knew Cape Sounion went alright so I wanted his half-sister,” he said. “She’s been broken in but we have not rushed her. We’re just giving her time to mature. We’re in no hurry with his half- sister. I suppose it helps when you know the family.”

Fellow Warrnambool trained Jarrod McLean had the first two winners on the eight race card. Freedom’s Light and All Well won high-weight races on the flat. McLean said both were destined for jumping careers this winter.