Wilson eyeing up season PB
By Michael Guerin
Robert Wilson could take a step closer to a personal best season at today’s Invercargill meeting.
The Balfour trainer has three of his six racehorses in training engaged at the short and sharp seven-race meeting and all three appear to have at least each way chances.
And if any of Tease My Tartan (race one), Galleons Future (race six) or Better Galleon (race seven) were to win it would take Wilson to 10 winners for the season, edging closer to his PB of 13.
He recorded that number in the season ending 2017 and is on track for a similar total with good draws a help today.
“The draws should definitely help us on Wednesday and we have two of them backing up from Sunday, which has worked well for us before.” Bettor Galleon is the best of Wilson’s trio, having already won five races from 56 starts, and she has high gate speed so looks ideally suited by the ace in the 2200m mobile last race today.
“She can use that gate speed to lead early but to be honest she is better with a trail,” says Wilson.
“So I’d like her to take a sit on the right horse and hopefully not get pushed too far back.” Bettor Galleon did just that when finishing second to the handy Chuckles last start and looks a good each way chance today.
Wilson rates his still learning trotter Galleons Future, who has been luckless lately but looks to be in the right race today.
He bolted in in a fast time four starts ago to leave maidens, got trapped wide at Addington when venturing north after that and was taken on in front in a far stronger field last start.
“He is a good horse and if his manners are good he will be hard to beat,” says Wilson.
“I thought enough of him to take him to Addington a couple of starts ago so he can win a race like this.” Tease My Tartan is a 23-start maiden so may never make it to Addington but Wilson would love to win a race with the now eight-year-old.
“That would be very satisfying if we could,” he offers.
“We almost sacked him last year but he is a lovely old horse and we have kept going and he has rewarded us with some better runs and I actually think he is getting better.
“So I think there is a maiden win in him somewhere even though he doesn’t have much speed.”