Good news for Aussie trainers

Australian trainers Matthew Ellerton and Simon Zahra will be rubbing his hands together in delight after Guns At Five’s win at Trentham today.

Guns At Five, a son of the promising staying stallion Duelled, completed a hat trick of wins for Cambridge trainer Chris Wood when comfortably holding his rivals at bay over the final stages of the Virginia Turner Summer Cup (2400m).

“I bought this horse for Ken Biddick in Melbourne and I won’t have him much longer,” said Wood. “He’ll be heading off to be trained by Matthew Ellerton (and Zahra) at the end of this campaign. He’s a nice staying horse and he should do well over there.”

Guns At Five was originally trained at Hastings by Sue Thompson-Brown and was second on debut before joining Wood’s stable last February. He picked up a couple of early placings for Wood and broke through for his maiden win at Gisborne over 1600 metres last November.

His second win came when stepped up to 2000 metres at Matamata on December 21 and he followed up that effort with a strong victory over 2200 metres at Woodville on January 7.

It was a further step up for Guns At Five today taking on Rating 85 company over 2400 metres, but Wood was confident of a bold effort. “I told Mark (rider Mark Hills) to stay off the fence and I was a bit worried  when he was caught on the fence early on, but he got him off at the half-mile and the horse won well,” said Wood. “It was a good strong staying effort.”

Hills has been Guns At Five’s regular rider and has been impressed by the improvement as the horse has been tried over ground. “It was a good staying performance,” said Hills. “Every time I’ve asked me he has stepped up to the mark. I popped him off the fence at the half-mile and had a good run from there.”