Wyndspelle wins the Waikato Guineas (Image: Trish Dunell)

Wyndspelle winning the Waikato Guineas (Image: Trish Dunell)

Persistent rain has forced the withdrawal of quality galloper Wyndspelle from Saturday’s Group 1 Rydges Wellington Captain Cook Stakes (1600m) at Trentham, but co-trainer Johno Benner said there are a multitude of options throughout the summer for the son of Iffraaj.

“I went and walked the Trentham track on Thursday and I thought it was genuinely in the heavy range,” Benner said. “They had quite a wet day there with light rain all day.

“I don’t know what it is doing down there today (Friday) but you’d think they’d need a pretty dry day and some high winds to get it back into the slow range. Definitely the damage has been done in my opinion.”

Benner, who prepares Wyndspelle in conjunction with his partner Hollie Wynyard, said the five-year-old entire required firm ground to show his best.

“A Dead 5 is probably as bad as you would see him run on,” he said. “He is just one of those horses where the harder it is, the better. He’s a good, sound racehorse who just likes it firm.”

Benner said there were a couple of options for Wyndspelle later this month, including the G1 Cambridge Stud Zabeel Classic (2000m) at Ellerslie on Boxing Day or $100,000 race at Awapuni on December 22.

“Nothing is set in concrete and we will make a decision midway through next week as to where we are thinking, but there are options galore for him,” he said.

“He loves being in work and he’s a colt that is triple Group 1-placed, so it would be nice to win a Group 1 with him. If we can do that, then he can secure a stud future once his racing career comes to an end.”

Wyndspelle returned to the winner’s circle a fortnight ago at Awapuni over 1550m with his previous victory coming in the G2 Waikato Guineas (2000m) back in February 2017.

“It was a great confidence boost to get that win and he is a very consistent horse,” Benner said of the 11-time placegetter.

“It is a shame the weather packed up because he was spot-on for tomorrow.”


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