STAWELL - Stawell trainer Terry O'Sullivan is confident his in form galloper Who Says I'm Ready will develop into a top stayer.
The four year old put together his second consecutive win on Tuesday, in the Lancer Beverage Systems 0 - 58 Handicap over 2200 metres at Geelong and immediately, O'Sullivan started making plans to race the gelding over longer distances.
"It does look as though he will get further," O'Sullivan said.
"We're looking towards some of those 3000 metre races at Moonee Valley. I think they will really suit him."
O'Sullivan admitted he was disappointed with the progress of Who Says I'm Ready early in his career. The horse would appear to develop late in his preparations, only coming good towards the end.
"That was certainly his pattern. He was taking a while to settle into racing, then he would need a spell," Sullivan said.
"I'm really pleased he's been able to put two wins together now. Hopefully, things are starting to turn around."
O'Sullivan has also rated the work of star galloper Exceptionally highly, believing the seven year old is nearing her peak.
Exceptionally finished sixth in the Winslow Constructors Handicap over 2000m at Caulfield on Saturday, but was beaten less than two lengths in what O'Sullivan described as an outstanding run.
"I am very happy with her at the moment," he said.
"I thought her run on Saturday was excellent. At times she was unlucky, the track didn't suit and really, she probably should have won."
O'Sullivan engaged his former apprentice and Melbourne Cup winning jockey Brett Prebble to take the ride on Exceptionally on Saturday.
Prebble shared the view that if things went her way, Exceptionally could easily have won the race.
"Brett thought she might have won if she'd had some luck in the running.
"She was definitely tightened for room just after turning for home," he said.
"There wasn't much give in the ground either and that certainly didn't help.
"Had been been a little softer, she would have ran better for sure.
"I'm getting the feeling though that she's enjoying racing again and is nearing her peak, so we'll start looking towards the longer races now for her now."
O'Sullivan has entered Exceptionally to run at Flemington on September 7 and he expects the mare will prove very competitive.