Weary proved he is primed for a positive autumn carnival with a determined win first-up in the Group 2 Expressway Stakes at Rosehill Gardens.
While he may have failed to live up to high expectation with a frustrating spring, Weary was nothing short of sensational fresh against a solid crop of Sydney sprinters.
Returning at 1200m, a distance well short of his best, Weary powered to the line late when the race appeared won by Driefontein, sneaking along the inside fence to deny the Gai Waterhouse trained mare.
“Weary has given us a few headaches,’’ Sydney’s premier trainer Chris Waller said.
“I thought he was a genuine Epsom horse or even a Cox Plate horse last spring but he didn’t find anything like best form.
“He’s actually a good horse to have around the stable, he’s not a problem, but he has a quirky nature and at trackwork every morning he doesn’t want to gallop.
“I’ve never had one like him as most of our horses enjoy trackwork as we are not hard on them.
“So, we started using a pony with him and it has helped to settle him down.
“He still has his moments but his quirks were more pronounced last spring.’’
Weary, formerly known as Sir Patrick Moore, was purchased by the Grimish family on the advice of Mulcaster Bloodstock.