Harness racing horseman Jesse Wederell has sold all of Garibaldi and the majority of Phil Monty, but that doesn’t stop him from smiling every time one of his ‘two boys’ cross the line in first place.
And at the moment that is a frequent occurrence.
Just last night, Phil Monty made it four wins from four Australian starts when strolling away to win easily at Geelong in the hands of trainer-driver Lance Justice.
The win followed three equally convincing wins, including one in which his mile rate was 1:56.4.
Garibaldi, who provided Wederell with his first training success before joining Phil Monty in the Justice stable in Victoria, is also putting together a fashionable record, having won three of his four stars to date.
“He finished a narrow second in his other start but I’m not sure that he saw the other horse coming as they were wide apart,” said Wederell.
Wederell says that he was sad to part with his good mates ‘Baldi and Monty’ but admits that the money was too good to turn down.
“It was pretty crazy considering I only bought them for a thousand apiece as yearlings,” said Wederell.
Wederell sold all of Garibaldi but has retained a small share in Phil Monty as he thinks he could be a little special.
“Lance (Justice) has a pretty big opinion of Phil Monty so I’m hopeful he could develop into a genuine top-liner,” said Wederell. “Who knows, he might be his replacement for Smoken Up,” he laughed.
“They were both pretty raw when they went over to Australia, but Lance is a great trainer and he is doing a good job of developing them,” he said praisefully.
Since the departure of Garibaldi and Phil Monty Wederell has been back to the well to purchase two more babies from Cavalla Bloodstock.
He has also purchased Shard Diego to race and “have a bit of fun with” while he develops his youngsters.
Shard Diego finished fifth in his debut for the Wederell stable but Jesse is hoping for improvement on Friday.
“I’ve added the blinds to his gear to try and wake him up a bit and he has Dexter (Dunn) on so hopefully he won’t be far away.
By Mitchell Robertson