It was a banner day for the Paul O’Sullivan stable with Aerovelocity’s stirring victory, but the undercard also provided some excitement with wins to Who Else But You and Racing Hero bringing up a treble for the Kiwi trainer.
O’Sullivan’s three wins gave him 23 for the season and puts him on the verge of a top five spot in the trainers’ championship, and a horse like Who Else But You looks a likely type to produce even more in time.
“He is a nice young horse, he is still pretty immature and he can only get better as time goes on,” O’Sullivan said.
The four-year-old is now a winner of two from four after Joao Moreira bounced the sprinter from the gates to find the rail from a wide gate, box-seated and then clung on to score by a narrow margin over debutant Mr Picasso.
“The horse has certainly got a lot of talent, but we won’t do too much with him this season – we will just progress quietly with him,” the trainer said.
Moreira agreed that Who Else But You has not only got some growing to do, but has a lot to learn about racing as well.
“He has a really bright future, but is many months away yet from showing us the best he can be.
“I’m glad I got cover in the middle stages of the race and was able to hand up the lead – it meant he relaxed better and had a horse to take him into the race,” Moreira said.
Racing Hero again showed the baffling difference between his ability when contesting a Class Two and a Class Three race – dropping in grade and scoring a half length win in the last under a brilliant Zac Purton ride.
“He is as honest as they come when he drops down into Class Three – I don’t know what it is, maybe when he gets up in grade he thinks the Class Two boys are too big for him,” Purton said.
“It’s just amazing,” O’Sullivan added. “When he gets the drop in class, you just put him in a 1,400m Class Three and he turns up.
“Actually, he would have been unlucky to lose today, and you have to say he has done his job this season with two wins. He finds it too hard up there and we just might have to put up with the five or six runs he has to have there before dropping back to this grade.”