Symon Wilde chasing another hat-trick at Caulfield with Inn Keeper after wins at Terang and Warrnambool

Resurgent sprinter Inn Keeper will chase a second Terang-Warrnambool-Caulfield hat-trick in four years, as trainer Symon Wilde plots a possible path towards the Golden Topaz at Swan Hill.

Inn Keeper might have flown under the radar winning the Listed Wangoom Handicap at Warrnambool last start but Wilde saw the “writing on the wall” when the home-bred savaged the line to win at Terang.

“At the 300m (mark) he had a lot of ground to make up. I thought after that meeting he’s going really well, he got in the Wangoom, got that barrier, down in the weights and bingo,” Wilde said.

“It’s like the planets aligned for him … I always thought he was the right horse for a Wangoom, a solidly run 1200m … we were just lucky the marbles went his way.”

The Wangoom was “our main aim” but the lightly-raced seven-year-old’s work since warranted a return to Caulfield.

Symon Wilde (right) enjoyed another successful Warrnambool carnival. Picture: Vince Caligiuri/Getty ImagesSource:Getty Images

Inn Keeper has raced at The Heath 10 times for a win — in 2017 after Terang and Warrnambool triumphs — and four minor placings, including two at stakes level.

Inn Keeper ended a three-year drought at Terang after winning seven of his first 10 starts.

Creeping down in the weights, after sprinting through the grades as a three and four-year-old, has worked wonders for the profitable $463,665-earning son of Host.

“I know he‘s a bit of a veteran but he’s not had a lot of miles on the clock,” Wilde said.

“Everyone said he‘s not going well, but last year he ran third in the Wangoom, he ran third in the Golden Topaz, he ran second at Caulfield and second at Cranbourne.

“It wasn’t like he was absolutely going terribly.

“We can see how he performs in this type of race and possibly head to Swan Hill.

“He’s won and placed in the Topaz before, it’s a good race to look at.”

Originally published asWilde Keeps the faith with in-form sprinter

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