Maiden plate win caps off top season for Wells

Trainer Leon Wells leads  his runner  Geegees Baritone  back to scale with jockey Bulent Muchu aboard after their win in the Tapeta Footings Maiden Plate yesterday at Spreyton.
Trainer Leon Wells leads his runner Geegees Baritone back to scale with jockey Bulent Muchu aboard after their win in the Tapeta Footings Maiden Plate yesterday at Spreyton.

WITH just two race meetings left Spreyton racehorse trainer Leon Wells took time to reflect on what had been a satisfying season afer he led first race winner Geegees Baritone back to scale at Spreyton Park yesterday.

Wells will finish the season in the top six on the Tasmanian trainers premiership with Geegees Baritone his 24th winner for 2013-14.

``It was good to have two top class mares in Rebel Bride and Black n Tough in your stable and to get a winner on a regular basis from the other horses keeps the wolf from the door,'' he said.

``It's hard to win a race anywhere and we've been able to win our share.''

Wells prepares Geegees Baritone for Tasmania's leading thoroughbred owners Paul and Elizabeth Geard.

Although he has the majority of his horses trained in the South of the state Geard has established a good relationship with Wells and they have been together for the past two or three years.

``He obviously likes to take advantage of the synthetic track that we have at Spreyton Park,'' Wells said.

Geegees Baritone ($3.30 fav) showed promise of better things to come when he obtained a rails run beat King Of Devonshire ($11.10) and his stablemate Little May ($6.70) by two lengths in the Tapeta Footings Maiden Plate (900m).

Geegees Baritone, a Wordsmith  Opera Star two-year-old, had been placed at his past two starts but now poses a dilemma for Wells.

``There are not many suitable races for him in the calendar, I either have to take on the topliners like Admiral or turn him out for a while,'' he said.

Wells said he would like to see more of an emphasis on the old class ranking system which made it easier for youngsters like Geegees Baritone to be placed in suitable races.

Wells is confident the chestnut will get out to over 1600m and is predicting a good future for him.

Overproof upsets

PUNTERS generally had the better of the battle yesterday but many were thrown out of the quadrella when $21.00 chance Overproof won the first leg.

Overproof was racing out of his class when he took on the Boags Draught Handicap (1650m).

It was a benchmark 78 race and Overproof was eligible for much easier races but Spreyton trainer Gareth Horner took the opportunity to run the five-year-old.

``He's tough and I thought he was just coming right,'' he said.

Overproof produced the run of the day as after leading the field was headed and came again to beat Hell Strong ($9.40) and Unoaked ($5.30) with $2.50 favourite Willow The Wisp missing a place.

Fighting win

FOUR-YEAR-OLD mare Evil Intent is her own worst enemy, according to Spreyton trainer Barry Campbell.

``She is always creating a hard luck story by the way she races,''  he said.

``She gets back in the field and needs everything right to go her way.''

As a consequence Evil Intent had been able to win just one race but run nine minor placings before her pattern.

Yesterday she was able to reward her loyal syndicate of owners with her second win when she ran on from the rear of the field to win the DRC Bar & Bistro Maiden-Class 1 Plate (1650m).

With  apprentice Hayley McCarthy in the saddle Evil Intent ($2.80) weaved her way through the field and collared Decent Deal ($6.20) and perennial placegetter Koutoufides ($5.30).

Campbell was full of praise for McCarthy's effort on Evil Intent.

``She's only had a handful of rides for me but I can't fault her.''

Evil Intent was bred by Devonport Racing Club committeeman Ross Jones and he leases her to a group of North-West sportsmen which includes former Penguin premiership footballers Bruce Howard and Gary Carpenter.


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