Gibson admitted he was anxious ahead of the debut of Wellington in Monday’s Class Four Prosperity Handicap (1,200m) but he needn’t have been, with the three-year-old son of All Too Hard producing a dominant victory.
Jumping from barrier 10 under Alexis Badel, Wellington travelled forward of midfield with cover before peeling out at the top of the straight and moving smoothly through his gears to finish three lengths clear of favourite Ping Hai Bravo in second.
“Chinese New Year is one of the key meets of the season and I was a bit anxious today, we were running our nicest unraced horse and it’s good to see that he performed accordingly,” Gibson said.
“The horse had been progressing well this season so we were looking forward to seeing him race on debut and he accelerated really well.”
Gibson is eager to see what’s ahead for Wellington but he’s not in a hurry to push the horse out over further.
“I think he’s got a lot of natural talent so we’ll keep going.”
I think we’ll stay at the same distance for the time being and build him up gently,” he said.
Wellington was educated (and named) by the team at Lauriston Thoroughbred Farm before being sold to Hong Kong interests. He was purchased by Lauriston at the 2018 Magic Millions Yearling Sale.