Performing well over the early stages of the two-year-old autumn season, trainer Chris Waller is confident in a polished first-up performance from Law in this weekend’s Group 3 San Domenico Stakes (1100m) at Rosehill Gardens.
Beginning his racing career under the guidance of trainer Gai Waterhouse, Law carried exceptional form into the major Group 1 Golden Slipper (1200m) last time out on April 5th, but was unable to fire and finished well off the pace at the rear of the field.
Entered in both the San Domenico Stakes and a minor event over 1200m on Saturday’s Rosehill race card, Waller told AAP he has been pleased with the way Law has taken to work since arriving in his care and is confident the results of recent barrier trials will translate into a well-rounded first-up performance.
“We have given him three trials to try to teach him to settle,” Waller said.
“He came to us in great order but I wasn’t happy with his second trial when he over-raced badly.
“I really want to see him finishing off his races.
“We ask a lot of these horses. We want them to win as two-year-olds and then they have to come back at three and to reach a race like the Golden Rose they have to be able to finish off a strong 1400 metres.”
Charging home to win the Listed NSW Thoroughbred Breeders’ Plate (1000m) by half a length on debut in October last year, Law returned to racing in similarly devastating form in 2014; winning the Adaptra Handicap (1000m) first-up before claiming a credible fourth in the Group 2 Silver Slipper (1100m) prior to the Golden Slipper.
Eyeing progression to the featured Group 1 Golden Rose Stakes (1400m) at Rosehill on September 13th, Waller is no stranger to glory in spring’s early three-year-old races having saddled 2013 Golden Rose champion Zoustar.
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