Cuanzo on course for WA Guineas

Trainer Eric Wake is plotting a classic campaign for his quality two year-old Cuanzo.

The Oratorio (Aus) youngster kept his unbeaten record intact with a front-running victory in the Westspeed Nursery (1400m) at Belmont Park on Saturday.  He had come from worse than midfield to win on debut at Ascot last month.

Cuanzo (2g Oratorio – Geigerita by Geiger Counter) will have one more start on Saturday week before going out for a spell.  “I was happy on the corner,” Wake said at Belmont.  “Willie (Pike) hadn’t moved and he had a handful of horse.

“He certainly looks above average,” Wake added.  “It’s quite exciting when you consider how much improvement he has in him and how much more he has to learn.

“We are seriously considering setting him for races such as the Belgravia Stakes, Challenge Stakes and WA Guineas.”

Cuanzo has earned $131,800 in prizemoney and Westspeed bonuses for the Mungrup Stud champion and his owner-breeders Lex and Shirley Piper.

That momentum has Oratorio (Aus) marching towards a fourth Sunspeed 2YO premiership in the last six seasons.

Pike also rode Oratorio colt Mr Motown to an impressive victory down the straight course at Pinjarra last Thursday.

Mr Motown (2c Oratorio – Steely Gaze by Metal Storm) was a much too good despite racing greenly on debut.  The Lindsey Smith trained youngster cruised to the front under hands-and-heels to win comfortably.

Oratorio (Aus) will head a roster of five stallions at Mungrup Stud this season.  Owner Gray Williamson will announce their service fees next week.