Darren WeirGINGERBOY raced into contention for the Warrnambool May Racing Carnival $125,000 Galleywood Hurdle with an impressive win as the short-priced favourite in the $40,000 Jack Dow Memorial Hurdle at Sandown on Wednesday.
The Darren Weir-trained Gingerboy defeated Arch Fire by six lengths with Agreement a further 11 lengths away in third place in the 3300-metre race.
Weir, who has stables in Ballarat and Warrnambool,was setting Gingerboy for the Novice Hurdle on the final day of the three-day Warrnambool May Racing Carnival but top jumps jockey John Allen revealed those plans had changed.
“We originally had Now And Zen set for the Galleywood but he’s out for the season following a colic attack,” Allen said.
“Gingerboy will now be set for the Galleywood.
“It was a good win.
“He travelled well.
“He will be even better if there’s a stronger tempo in the race.”
Leading jumps trainer Eric Musgrove took out the other feature, the Great Southern Steeplechas,with Earthbound.
The seven-year-old got up in the last few strides to beat the Gai Waterhouse-trained Valediction and King Triton.
Musgrove said he was undecided if Earthbound wouldrun at the Warrnambool carnival.
“There’s a lot of good jumps races on the calendar,” he said.
“We may save him for later on. Earthbound is a nice horse.
“He will be better suited to a soft track.
“I’ll have a chat with the owners before finalising plans for him.”
Warrnambool’s three-day carnival will be run on May 3, 4 and 5.
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