Promising filly Seleque can take the next step towards Saturday company if she maintains her unbeaten record at Canterbury on Wednesday.
Chris Waller’s three-year-old was an impressive winner when she resumed at Warwick Farm two weeks ago, downing last Saturday’s Randwick winner Van Giz, and looked to have plenty of upside.
That was the post-race opinion of jockey Tommy Berry, who said Seleque has developed nicely since he last rode her in the spring of last year as she chases her fourth career win in the China Horse Club Handicap (1250m).
“She had a very good blow so she will take improvement out of it,” Berry said on Sky Thoroughbred Central. “She seems to go well on tighter tracks like [Warwick Farm] and Canterbury where she really kicks off the bend and fights them off really well. I rode her quite a while ago and she was very light-framed. She feels like she has a good foundation and hopefully she can go on with it now.”
Seleque raced outside the leader in winning first-up and with the long run down the back straight at Canterbury it will provide Berry ample time to sum the race up from the outside of the small field and position her favourably.
She hasn’t won second-up yet in two attempts but she’s never run a bad race. It will be interesting to see if punters rally to the Waller-trained Wairere Falls in the XXXX Handicap (1550m) after he went under as favourite at Rosehill on June 26.
The gelding, another ride for Berry, was narrowly beaten by stablemates Great House and the in-form Oscar Zulu in successive starts on his home track before his last start, where he settled a little further back than usual and made his run wide.
He wasn’t disgraced, beaten just over two lengths and kept making ground but he was never a winning chance. Berry has partnered Wairere Falls six times for two wins and two placings, the latest being his first-up placing behind Charleise.
From an ideal draw, and with some pace drawn wide, he can land in a striking position and looks to have his chance to post an overdue win.