Marcus Wilson is one of the few trainers not worried about the weather forecast as he sends the aptly named Meteorologist in quest of his first open company win at Eagle Farm.
Brisbane received 11mm of rain on Wednesday morning with more predicted.
Meteorologist was an upset last-start Eagle Farm winner over 1600 metres on a heavy track but returns to his pet distance of 1800m in Saturday’s Walpak Meats Open.
Wilson is not concerned about the track rating as Meteorologist is a dual winner on heavy going.
“I know some people think he is a wet tracker. But if anything I think he goes better on top of the ground,” Wilson said.
“Either way he handles all going so it really gives him a chance at his first open company win.”
Meteorologist stands 18.2 hands and weighs 650 kilos.
“He is probably the biggest horse racing in Australia,” Wilson said.
“He towers over most of the opposition. But he has been terrific for us as we got him for only $8000 as a yearling.
“Meteorologist has won seven races all up and three of those have been in metropolitan events. He really has kept the stable going.”
The gelding has won five races at 1800m but Wilson believes he can also get over further.
“The 1800 metres has been his best distance but he has won up to 2200. He relaxes in his races and can finish hard,” he said.
Senior jockey Jackson Morris will replace apprentice Travis Wolfgram who rode Meteorologist to his last-start win.
“Travis had to go back to Sydney as he was only in Brisbane for the one day. But Jackson is very experienced and he will be keen to break back into the Brisbane winners’s list,” Wilson said.
Wilson is not as confident with classy sprinter Manu Manu if it rains late in the week.
“I think even on a soft track he is about three lengths off his best. And he is probably better at Doomben so we will just have to wait and see,” Wilson said.