The country life continues to bring out the best in the versatile Wait A Sec.
The rejuvenated seven-year-old collected another stakes victory when he returned from a break to post an upset victory in Saturday’s Group 3 Tui – Backing Winners Since 1889 Anniversary (1600m) at Trentham.
Wait a Sec is trained at Hastings by Guy Lowry and Grant Cullen and the latter’s Dannevirke farm has proved the key to him winning eight of his last 11 starts with the Gr.1 Livamol Classic (2040m) in the spring taking pride of place on the gelding’s CV.
“We just work him at home around the hills, he’s a happy horse,” Cullen said. “We’ve been very happy with him this preparation, we can’t fault him.”
Wait A Sec was making his first appearance since November when he served it up to a competitive line-up at Trentham in the hands of Jason Waddell.
“We thought he would be competitive and to win first-up in a Group 3 race just shows the horse is flying, incredible,” Cullen said.
Wait A Sec’s main aim is the Group 1 Auckland Cup (3200m) with a trip to New Plymouth the next step on the path toward the Ellerslie feature.
“He’ll run in the Taranaki Cup next and he’s nominated for the Herbie Dyke Stakes or there’s the Wairoa Cup,” Cullen said.
Wait A Sec settled midfield on Saturday and unwound strongly in the closing 400m to nose out Asama Blue with Travimyfriend a short head back in fourth.