$500 in Bonus Bets
Sign-up, Join now & get your first deposit matched with up to $500 in racing bonus bets*
Deposit $250, Bet with $550
Sign-up, deposit $250 & receive $300 in racing bonus bets. That's $550 to bet with!*
$300 Matched Deposit
Sign-up and get your first deposit matched with up to $300 in racing bonus bets*
Stake Back Offer at Flemington & Randwick!
Bet Runs 2nd or 3rd at Flemington or Randwick? Get Your Stake Back!
Watch Sky Racing FREE!
Sign-Up and watch Sky Racing For Free on Your Phone!
*Conditions Apply. Excl VIC, NSW, SA & WA. Gamble Responsibly
Image: AAP
John Price has high hopes for William Thomas after his impressive return to racing at Sandown

Trainer John Price has high hopes for William Thomas after his impressive return to racing at Sandown.

William Thomas was heavily backed from $3.20 to $2.45 favouritism before winning Monday’s Ladbrokes Handicap (1000m) under Damian Lane.

After racing behind the speed set by Girls Got Spirit, William Thomas exploded to the front 200m from home, winning by 1-1/4 lengths from Seven Year Reward ($11) with Wilde Gem ($31) a short-neck away third.

Price said William Thomas was difficult to train but slowly improving his manners.

“He’s possessed with a lot of ability but we’ve got to tune him up to get that extra furlong, or that extra two furlongs, on what he got today,” Price said.

“But he’s going in the right direction.

“The more we work on him and the more racing he has the less overawed he will be.

“He is quite a calm horse in himself, but because he can run he can get up there and get himself into trouble.”

“We’ve exercised on the side of caution with him because we know he’s blessed with ability.

“Now we’ve just got to keep building the blocks with him.”

Price has picked out a 1200m three-year-old race at Caulfield on April 14 as a likely next assignment with a possible trip to Adelaide for the Group Two Euclase Stakes at Morphettville next month.

He said 1200m at Caulfield should suit as the gelding would be able to switch off.

“I think it’s more about settling and learning how to race as to where the improvement will come from,” Price said.

Lane was impressed with the three-year-old who gave him the second leg of a double after his earlier win aboard Winkelmann in the Clanbrooke Racing Handicap.

He said he had done a lot of work on tWilliam Thomas before his campaign last spring.

“He’s been a work in progress and it’s good to get him here to a midweek and see he’s on the right path,” Lane said.

“He’s a pretty smart horse but it was always going to be getting his head right and now he’s finally starting to look as though he’s getting there.”

  • 400% BONUS at Ladbrokes Sign-up at Ladbrokes via this ad and Deposit $50 and start BETTING with $250! HURRY! Offer ends this week!
  • BET NOW!
Featured News

Over $5,000 in Free Racing Bonus Bets

Just Horse Racing provides readers with a Free list of the best Bonus Bet offers available at every online bookmaker...

Potential staying star who was rejected by his mum

Yesterday at Gawler, a 3YO sprouted wings in the straight to race away and win like a horse going places....

Prominent horse owner Damion Flower arrested on drug charges

High-profile Australian racehorse owner Damion Flower will remain behind bars for at least a week after being charged over his...

Ben Currie guilty of another 12 charges

Toowoomba trainer Ben Currie has been found guilty of a further 12 charges, this time, of race day administration and...

G1 winning trainer guilty of cobalt charges

Trainer Ben Smith has been found guilty of all charges against him relating to elevated cobalt levels, race day treatments...

Watch: A star is born at Wyong

You will be hard pressed to find a better debut win from a horse at Wyong today. Exceedance a two-year-old...

Punter given $1.86 Million Dollar Bonus Bet

What would you do if you logged into your TAB account and discovered a bonus bet to the value of...

Copyright © 2019 Just Horse Racing.
All rights reserved - Privacy Policy

Gamble Responsibly 18+
*State exclusions apply to some offers. Please check T&Cs of each offer with the bookmaker. All Offers Exclude NSW residents.