Slow Waltz knows all the moves

Sep 04, 2009

Trainer John Meagher can thank his sons Chris, Paul and Daniel for the win of Slow Waltz in the $125,000 Open Class Stakes over 1400m on Friday night.

It was the “boys” who pushed their father into running the much travelled gelding into running on Friday night when Meagher senior wanted to save him for a 1200m race on Sunday week.

“I got over-ruled by the boys,” said Meagher. “They said he was at his right bodyweight, had just 50kg and was fit enough to take on the 1400m.
“I wanted to keep him for a 1200m race in a week or so, but they persuaded me to run him here.”

Slow Waltz (Mark Gallagher) scores his first Kranji win at his 7th start.

Ridden by Mark Gallagher, Slow Waltz scored by a length-and-a-half over Amadeus Mozart (Barend Vorster) with Waikato (Koh Teck Huat) a length away third.

The small field ran along early with an overall time of 1 min 22.0 secs recorded.

Waikato led the field early but he was kept three wide with Lim’s Fighter (Erasmus Aslam) and Ariem (Benny Woodworth) booting up inside of him. Slow Waltz and Amadeus Mozart had the drop on the trio to the hometurn.
Once into the straight Waikato started to “wobble about” and then Ariem quickly dropped off, allowing clear galloping room for Slow Waltz to take advantage of.

Gallagher quickly pounced and Slow Waltz had the race in his keeping with 100m to run.

Slow Waltz was lining-up for his seventh start in Singapore having previously raced – and been successful – in Australia and Hong Kong.

“He had been successful at Rosehill in Sydney and Sha Tin and now thank god at Kranji,” said Meagher.

“He had a beautiful body weight for tonight’s race. When he came here from Hong Kong he hadn’t raced for a year and was probably 40kg above his best weight.

“By the time we got the weight off him he was too tired. That’s when we eased up on him, freshened him up and we saw the results tonight.”
Meagher said Slow Waltz would now be stepped up in distance now.

“I think he deserves his chance at the 1600m now,” said Meagher. “He was good tonight and should handle the extra distance.”

Meagher was quick to praise the winning ride of Gallagher who he described as an “under utalised jockey” and one that can ride light.

Gallagher said the way the race was run had played into his hands.
“They went along at a good clip and it certainly suited my horse,” said Gallgher. “He switched off beautifully.
“I just let him roll along until the hometurn and I knew the others would come back to me. The only thing I had to worry about was whether I would get a split.

“Thankfully it all opened up and he shot through.

“He’s going to get even further improvement from that and looks ready for the mile now.

Craig Brennan