Having nominated the classy three-year-old for two feature events this weekend, trainer Wez Hunter revealed he is yet to settle on a specific next point-of-call for Disposition, but said the conditions of the Group 1 William Reid Stakes (1200m) should play into his strengths.
Yet to finish outside the places over his seven career starts so far, Disposition was set for an assault on the Group 1 Australian Guineas (1600m) two weekends ago, but was removed from the final field two days prior after suffering a minor ailment.
Thrilled with the form and class displayed by the Perth raider in work since, Hunter told Racing Victoria he does not believe a step back to 1200m for the 2015 William Reid Stakes will affect Disposition should he accept into the final field.
“He had his first proper gallop since his mishap today,” Hunter said.
“He’s done quite a bit of pace work, but he went into Mornington and he had a real gallop this morning.
“His work was super and so far he’s come through it really well. But I just want to wait and see how he is tonight and tomorrow before making a decision.
“At set-weights-and-penalties he gets in well for a horse with his form against his own age.
“It’s three weeks tomorrow since he hurt himself and he was ready to run a strong mile then, he had about 10 days off, so back to 1200 wouldn’t be an issue.
“It just means I wouldn’t have to drive him mad on the (training) track. I’d say that’d be the most suitable race if he happened to go around this week.”
Debuting with four consecutive victories over spring, including both the Listed Belgravia Stakes (1200m) and Listed Fairetha Stakes (1400m), Disposition suffered his first competitive defeat when unlucky to be blocked for a run and second in the Group 2 W.A. Guineas (1600m), but responded well in finishing a close second amongst open company in the Group 1 Kingston Town Classic (1800m) on December 6th.
Having placed a close second to subsequent Australian Guineas winner Wandjina in the Group 3 CS Hayes Stakes (1400m) first-up this time, Disposition is expected to be named in the 2015 William Reid Stakes final field on Wednesday.
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