Bargain buy Contalmaison chasing hat-trick at Caulfield, the latest success story for trainer Cheryl Weller

Picking up nuggets others discard has been a terrific money-spinner wherever well-travelled trainer Cheryl Weller has worked.

Weller started her career training rejects from big UK jumps stables to win point-to-point races in England before achieving similar success training cheap tried horses in New Zealand.

The formula has continued to work since she arrived in Australia.

Weller has built a good business pre-training horses for bigger stables while finding online bargains.

Weller again hit the jackpot with Contalmaison, a $6500 buy that has banked more than $70,000 in six starts for the stable.

The son of Rubick gave Weller her maiden city win at Sandown at his last outing on May 23.

Weller said she rode Contalmaison’s half-brother in work.

She got to know the family’s impressive pedigree but also learned the breed needs time to develop.

Contalmaison is closely related to former champion two-year-old Assertive Lad and Group 1 winner Assertive Lass, who was the dam of the unbeaten star and successful stallion Reset.

“I rode his half-brother Hifranc by High Chaparral, a massive great big horse, and had a lot of soundness issues early on,” she said.

“This guy (Contalmaison) is not anywhere near as big as him but I think time has also been his friend.”

Trainer Cheryl Weller has Contalmaison racing in terrific form since buying the gelding online. Picture: Racing PhotosSource:Getty Images

But Weller still needed to get her timing right before she was able to secure the gelding.

“I think I was lucky with him,” she said.

“The online auctions close at different times and the Bloodstock one and the Inglis one finished within a day of each and this one finished a day before the other.

“Because the Inglis is a bigger sale, I think some people were holding on for horses in that sale and overlooked him.”

Weller will run the four-year-old, if the track is a Soft 5 or better, in Saturday’s Premier Signs Handicap (1100m) at Caulfield.

Contalmaison suffered a bleeding attack at his only run on a Soft 6 track at Kembla Grange last year.

Weller won’t risk the sprinter on wetter ground and would have no problem waiting for another day with Contalmaison if need be.

She’s also happy to continue testing her skills on horses other trainers have found to be too much trouble.

“I’ve always had that aim of reinventing a horse that has had ability and try to reinvent them to get them back winning,” Weller said.

“I get a lot of satisfaction out of getting a win out of someone else’s discards, that’s for sure.”

Originally published asTried horse Contalmaison latest success story for Weller

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