- Algernon a star on the rise.
- Wordsmith gelding unbeaten from four starts in Hobart.
- Gelding still has so much to learn.
The Imogen Miller-trained gelding is unbeaten from four starts in Hobart and this latest win was clearly his most impressive.
Back against his own age the gelded son of Wordsmith had to dig deep in the home straight, but class prevailed as he surged past the leader Thunberg to win comfortably.
It was a strong line-up of three-year-olds with First Accused ($1.75) having the honour of starting favourite and he loomed to win halfway up the home straight only to be denied by Algernon that registered his fourth win from only six starts.
Miller said Algernon was still very green and would be even better next preparation.
"When this horse first started racing, I told the owners he is going to take time and I still feel he has so much more to learn, but he has won four races along the way, which is a bonus," Miller said.
"Today he did a few things wrong, yet he was still able to win."
McCoull was full of praise for the son of Wordsmith, but admitted the gelding wasn't an easy horse to ride or train.
"Imogen (Miller) rides this horse in all of his work and I'm happy that I only have to get on him at the races," McCoull said.
"He has a lot of quirks and really doesn't know what it is all about yet, so with experience he is only going to get better."
Algernon ($5.50) ran down race leader Thunberg ($15) to win by a neck with First Accused a close-up third.
Miller said Algernon would more than likely tackle the $50,000 3YO over 1400m in Hobart in a fortnight.