TOP Sydney trainer Chris Waller isn't sure that his problem galloper Senta D'Amor reads the newspaper, but he's certain this horse knows the right time to win.
For the third time in his 17-race career, Senta D'Amor was facing the sack.
And for the third time Senta D'Amor, whose career has been punctuated with more disappointments than success, earned a reprieve with a win in the 1400 metres Benchmark 70 at Broadmeadow on Wednesday.
The meeting was an Australian Turf Club program staged at Newcastle while Randwick racecourse is renovated.
Senta D'Amor, a half-brother to former star galloper Gonski, really did pick the right time to come good.
"He was out the door tomorrow," Waller said. "I'd had enough of him, but now with that win he will be staying with me a bit longer.
"I don't know, maybe he can read the newspaper, but he just might have some sort of sense that he has to do something in a race.
"This is not new for him. A couple of times earlier in his career I was about to sack him but he ran outstanding races so I kept him.
"The same goes for now."
Senta D'Amor will now be given another chance in Saturday metropolitan company.
"He has been very frustrating because he is so well bred and on his day he can show that he has ability," Waller said.
"I thought he might be a stayer, but we had a test done on him called black-type treadmill testing, and the result showed that he might in fact be better off around the seven furlongs [1400 metres].
"I suppose it is just one of those things in racing where a trainer can think he knows the horse top to bottom but you never know what is going on in their mind."
Newcastle galloper The Gallows killed plenty of punters when he was beaten at Broadmeadow on Wednesday.
The Gallows was heavily backed from $3.80 into $2.90 but unfortunately for his followers finished only second in the 1200 metres handicap.
The Gallows came from well back with a fast-finishing effort but could not catch the winner, Plastic Fantastic.
The Anthony Cummings-trained galloper is now headed for a Saturday Sydney race after the win.
"Plastic Fantastic is promising and could measure up to Saturday grade," Cummings's stable representative, Dave Wilson, said.
● Group 1 winner Laser Hawk takes a big step in his comeback tomorrow when he runs in a barrier trial at Randwick.
The Rosehill Guineas winner missed the spring carnival after having knee surgery to remove a bone chip.
The merit of Laser Hawk's Rosehill Guineas success was enhanced during the spring with the performances of Cox Plate winner Ocean Park, which was second in the Rosehill Guineas.
Andrew Baddock, syndicate manager for Eduardo Cojuangco's Gooree operation, said it was exciting to have the gelding back preparing for the autumn.
"After seeing the form of horses that finished behind him, it's exciting to have him back," Baddock said.
"He's very lightly raced and still untapped, but he's got so much potential."