Garry Lunn out to weave more Iron Horse magic

Braith Nock will ride the Garry Lunn-trained Weave That Web in the Iron Horse at Wellington on Friday. Image: Racing Photography.

Wellington Race Club kicks off its famous Wellington Boot Carnival on Friday, with the $40,000 Iron Horse staying race (2400m) to headline the meeting.

The popular staying test generally attracts a good field, and now worth $40,000, Garry Lunn will look to continue his good run of results in the race.

In recent years, the Dubbo trainer has always had a runner or two targeting the event, and in 2016, Consented (Clayton Gallagher, $3.60) ran second, while in 2018, Pretty Pine (Mathew Cahill, $4.40) finished second ahead of stablemate Nightspun (Alena Skerritt ($2.70) in third. 

In 2019, the stable finished third with Bemboka (Greg Ryan, $2.70) before Lunn broke through in 2021, with Careering Away (Billy Cray, $9) proving a bit too strong. 

On Friday, Careering Away (Shayleigh Ingelse, gate 4) will be back again, as will his highly fancied stablemate and top weight, Weave That Web (Braith Nock, gate 8).

Weave That Web appears good value at $8, and Lunn said the six-year-old mare will take some beating if she handles carrying 60kg over 12 furlongs. 

“I think she is a better horse, and if you look at her last start, she beat that thing of Peter Nestor’s (Blue Guitar), and she raced up to them and won with ease,” Lunn told NSW Country and Picnic Racing. 

“The weight is the big thing, and she will have to give some of them seven kilos, and if it rained, I would be a lot happier because she grows a leg when there is some sting out of the ground, but the track will have a bit of give in it, and she’ll take some beating.”

The Pierro mare has been racing well. Four starts back, she was a good winner in the 2000m Benchmark 58 Handicap at Bathurst on February 12.

She followed that effort up with a third placing behind Rufus Winright in the 2110m Benchmark 66 Handicap at Orange on March 11.

Last time out, Weave That Web was a dominant winner in the 2000m Benchmark 66 Handicap at Mudgee on March 31. 

Turning the tables on Rufus Winwright, while defeating Blue Guitar, Our Orator, and Eva’s Deel, who will also contest the Iron Horse Cup, Weave That Web finished strongly for Braith Nock to win by two lengths. 

While the Dubbo galloper is yet to triumph past 2000m, Lunn is confident she can run the 2400m trip.

“If she settles, she’ll run the trip,” Lunn said. 

“The other old horse (Careering Away) will roll along, and with Avalicious in the race, there won’t be any loafing.”

Lunn does believe Careering Away is a chance, with the rising ten-year-old getting in nicely with 53.5kg following Inglese’s 1.5kg claim.

“He’ll make it a genuine race; I want him to run them along,” Lunn said. 

“He had one run there, but I had to ease up on him as he had a rash, so I gave him a lot of swimming. 

“He’s had a few runs since, and he can run a race; he won this race a couple of years ago, and he can run over that journey.

“He is just a genuine one-paced horse and a big chance if he gets his way in front.”

While the Iron Horse headlines Friday’s meeting at Wellington, the eight-race program is a good one on paper and leads nicely into Sunday.

On the second day of the carnival, the $200,000 Wellington Boot (1100m) for the two-year-olds, the $100,000 Wellington Cup (1700m), and the $50,000 Wellington Town Plate (1100m) will take centre stage on the eight-race Showcase program.