Confirmed in the final field for this weekend’s Group 3 at Randwick, trainer Chris Waller has revealed he is now unlikely to run Whittington in the 2014 Concorde Stakes (1000m) as a result of a likely soaked running surface.
Securing three wins and two minor places from just 10 competitive starts to date, Whittington has not been seen at the races since finished a disappointing eighth when blocked for a run in the final straight of the Listed Gosford Guineas (1200m) on April 6th.
Charged with overcoming the wide barrier 11 in the Concorde Stakes, Waller said he does not see a lot of point in saddling the Tale Of The Cat entire under such conditions first-up ahead of a Spring Racing Carnival likely to be aimed towards a Group 1 race.
“Barrier 11 on a wet track is a yucky situation to be in,” Waller said.
“I have scratched him already this prep and I am not that keen about running him again unless the track is definitely on the better side of slow.
“Even then we would look at saving him for either the 1200 next week or perhaps the 1100 metres at Caulfield.
“He is a good horse and he is capable of winning a Group 1 in a handicap, but we don’t need to panic and we just need to make sure that he is in the right races ready to run.”
Performing well over four starts through the 2014 Autumn, Whittington returned to racing for an impressive victory in the Magic Millions Sprint (1100m) on the Gold Coast on January 11th before finishing fifth in both the Group 2 Challenge Stakes (1000m) and Group 1 The Galaxy (1100m); his only other starts prior to the Gosford Guineas.
Still appearing in betting markets for the 2014 Concorde Stakes, Whittington was available at odds of $8.50 for success with leading online bookie Ladbrokes.com.au at time of publication.
Ladbrokes.com.au is currently offering the best odds on the 2014 Concorde Stakes, for which classy Godolphin runner Sessions is available at outright $4.20 favourite.