KYNETON trainer George Osborne’s has continued his sensational summer of racing with a double on his home track on Tuesday.
Osborne, who entered the day with 16 winners for the season – the same number he trained for the entire 2017-18 season – added two more to his tally courtesy of emphatic front-running wins from Uptown Lola and Gasworx.
The win of Uptown Lola, the three-year-old daughter of Group 3 winner Danerich, was reward for the patience of her trainer and owners.
Osborne had spelled the filly for 21 weeks and 14 weeks respectively following failures in her only two previous starts at Sandown and Mornington in June and November last year.
“I wasn’t happy with her (last preparation), so we put her away and let her build into herself and we got the result straight up, which was fantastic,” he said following an impressive 1110m win.
“As a horse trainer you want to go to the races every day of the week with a horse, but you can’t until they are right.
“If they’re not ready you are not going to get a result.
“Fortunately we got the right result, the right ride and we got to the right part of the track as well.”
Osborne said Uptown Lola would likely now be aimed at a midweek city race, going down the same route as her full-sister Uptown Lily.
“I actually think she’s a better quality horse than her full sister, who has won in town and been placed in town,” he said.
“I’m sure she is headed in the right direction.”
Jockey Linda Meech, who rode both Osborne winners and ended the meeting with a treble, was confident the filly could measure up to city racing.
“She has always been a nice horse but has never really shown in on race day … we’ve been expecting her to do that for a while,” she said.
“I probably didn’t give her the best ride at Mornington, but she jumped well and never looked like getting beaten today.”
Gasworx’s win in the benchmark 64 Grand Handicap Mile Series was a virtual carbon copy of Uptown Lola’s win earlier in the day, with Meech quickly taking the five-year-old to the front from where he was never headed.
His six-length victory was vindication of Osborne’s decision to bypass a similar class race at Moonee Valley.
“Today the speed map looked perfect for him, there was no one who was going to take him on,” he said.
“And on his home track he’s hard to beat.
“(Meech) is the ideal jockey for the track. We knew the rail was going to come out today and we knew the horses would need to be up on the speed today – I didn’t realise they would be so wide.
“But I think we brought the horses (to the track) that would suit today’s racing more than we did last time.”
The win qualified Gasworx for the series final at Flemington in about five weeks, with Osborne keen to give the gelding one run in between provided he pulls up well.
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