Connery shows his class in Sandown victory
May 16, 2019
Trainer Archie Alexander will keep pushing Connery up in grade in a bid to keep weight off his back after landing another win at Sandown.
Connery may be diminutive in stature but he possesses a big heart as he followed a first-up Warrnambool victory with success at Sandown.
Trainer Archie Alexander wishes the four-year-old was another hand taller following his win in Wednesday's Le Pine Funerals Handicap.
With a pre-race handicap rating of 69, Connery was out of the handicap in the benchmark 84 grade race, however the gelding made light work of his opposition, strolling to a 2-1/2 length victory.
"He's a horse that is very small and the 54 (kilos) really helped today," Alexander said.
"He was a touch out of the handicap but we assessed the race and still thought it was the right race for him as we've always thought he was a genuine Wednesday, Saturday-type horse.
"If we keep going up in grade, but keep him down in the weights and help him a little bit, that might be the way forward.
"As long as he keeps doing what he did today, he'll keep everyone happy."
Wednesday's victory was his fourth from 13 starts with a further five placings.
"He's a tough little horse and has never put in a bad one for us," Alexander said.
Connery's win was the second leg of a winning double for Craig Williams who extended his lead over nearest rival Damien Oliver in the Melbourne jockeys' premiership.
Williams scored earlier aboard fourth emergency Bemboka Queen in the Mypunter.com Handicap for Robbie Laing.
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