Wilson opts for Gundagai expedition over city riches

Queanbeyan trainer Tom Wilson.

Despite his galloper The Bent Elbows gaining a start in Saturday’s Highway Handicap at Royal Randwick, Queanbeyan trainer Tom Wilson will instead try his luck at Gundagai-Adelong Race Club on Saturday. 

Wilson said the owners wanted to watch their galloper at Gundagai, and the veteran trainer has chosen to target the 1400m Benchmark 50 Handicap.   

“She is definitely going to Gundagai,” Wilson said. 

“The owners mother passed away nearly two weeks ago, and one of the brothers of the owner has come home from England, and they want to watch it race.

“We thought about going to Sydney, which would have been nice, but instead we are going to Gundagai.” 

Owned by Elliott Politch, Wilson said the family was heavily into racing. 

“Elliott was a swabbing steward is this region and his dad Trevor Poltich was also a steward, and their mother was a big racing person, so it would be good to get them a win,” Wilson said. 

The Your Song filly has won two times in nine starts and despite finishing fifth in the 1405m Benchmark 58 Handicap at the Sapphire Coast on July 12, Wilson was travelling to Gundagai confident that a third victory was in the offing. 

The three-year-old has Richard Bensley in the saddle and has drawn gate 14.

“She probably should have won at the Sapphire Coast last start, but she got caught wide and couldn’t get in, but she ran a good race,” Wilson said. 

“She should go well, and we are reasonably confident she can win.”

Wilson believes he has two good winning chances, with Zariz No Water set to contest the 1700m Benchmark 50 Handicap.

Robyn Freeman will take the ride and the four-year-old is set to jump from gate four.

“At Gundagai three or four starts back, he ran second, and the horse bucked in front of him in that race, and it threw Tyler Schiller over the fence, and we got caught up in the trouble, but it was a massive run,” Wilson said. 

“He is a nice horse, and you would think he would win it on his form.

“Plus, he got beat at the Sapphire Coast when finishing second but the horse that beat him (Ivira) has come out and dead-heated at Moruya so there is winning form all around him.”

Wilson will also have two-year-old colt Battle Abbey contesting the 1000m Maiden Handicap, and with Julia Presits in the saddle and from gate 11, the Queanbeyan trainer expected another good run at Gundagai.

“He is a nice two-year-old. He should go well and run a good race,” Wilson said. 

Wilson did joke it would be nice to get another win over his Gundagai rivals, with the Harden product copping his fair share of losses when playing for the Hawks in the early 1970s. 

“I grew up in Harden, and I used to get beaten by the Gundagai footy players every year, so it’s good to go back there and get one back,” Wilson laughed.

There looks to be chances galore on a good Gundagai program, and with the meeting falling on a cool and dry Saturday, the club is opening up the gates and offering free entry. 

The first race jumps at 12.56pm.

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