Inn Keeper wins Warrnambool’s Wangoom Handicap

Local galloper Inn Keeper has taken out the feature sprint race at the Warrnambool Three-Day Carnival at his third attempt.

It has proven third time lucky for Inn Keeper and his connections in the Listed Wangoom Handicap (1200m), the feature sprint of the Warrnambool Three-Day Carnival. 

The Symon Wilde-trained sprinter has been a mainstay of the Warrnambool carnival and on Wednesday was lining up for the fourth consecutive year. 

Inn Keeper was successful on the third day in 2018, winning a benchmark before running sixth to I Am Someone in the Wangoom in 2019 returning to run third behind Order Of Command  last year. 

Ridden by Dean Holland, who partnered I Am Someone, Inn Keeper ($13) scored by a length from Dexelation ($15) with $7 equal favourite Simply Optimistic a neck away third. 

Inn Keeper's win was the second for Wilde who shared the training duties with his father Bill when Arch Symbol was successful in 2009. 

"The family bred the horse and he's out of a good mare that we had and we thought he was a horse that could win a Wangoom," Wilde said. 

"I think he was favourite two years ago but he rode the speed too hard that day. 

"He had a campaign last year without winning. He should have won at Caulfield and he ran third in this race, but he's been forgotten about a little bit being a seven-year-old. 

"I've always thought he was the right horse and I can't believe he's done it so late in his career." 

Holland said he had watched Inn Keeper win first-up at Terang and thought he was the ideal horse for Wednesday's race. 

He said he went to the Camperdown trials a couple of weeks chasing the ride. 

"I'd done about 17 horses and eventually got to gallop him," Holland said. 

"I said to Symon, 'I really think he's a good chance for the Wangoom, can I ride him' and he said 'I can't see why not'. 

"It was the perfect weight for me and he was never going to get beaten from the 600 (metre mark)." 


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