Rosehill and Flemington trainer Chris Waller gives a briefing on the stable's runners at the Stakes Day meeting at Flemington and the meeting at Rosehill on Saturday - 'It has been a busy week but the stable has achieved some good results over the past few days at Flemington and we look forward to closing the carnival with hopefully another winner or two.'The track has been fantastic and it was great to see after a deluge of rain on Tuesday, that it can recover quickly. Most importantly the horses have been coming home safely and recovering well from the races which has been great to see.'
Race 4 – DeRucci Chatham Stakes – 1400m
GOOD PROJECT – He has Ryan Moore in the saddle from barrier 7 and he should improve thanks to his first up run after a very long spell. It doesn’t look an overly strong race so it would be nice to see him finish in the top five or even hopefully into the top three. If so we would book his ticket to Perth where he has performed well in the past with a win and a second in the Railway Stakes in previous years.
TORGERSEN – It was good to see him back in winning form last start and he should be a little fitter again tomorrow. He is another one that may head to Perth if he runs in the top three tomorrow. Tom Berry is in the saddle and he has drawn barrier 10 but I don’t think it will worry his racing style too much as that is one of the great things about Flemington. There is not as much urgency, riders can ride patiently and horses certainly appreciate being ridden this way, rather than the hustle and bustle of the tighter circuits.
Race 5 – Queen Elizabeth Stakes – 2600m
LIBRAN – He carries the top weight but there is only a 4kg spread so hopefully it is not going to disadvantage us too much; however over a long distance I certainly do respect weights. This horse is well and his runs have all been good this preparation even though the barrier draws have been against him. Last start saw him have to come from a long way back at Moonee Valley with a long sustained run and he might have just peaked 100m out, but he still ran creditably. Ryan Moore takes over from the suspended Hugh Bowman and it is great to have Ryan aboard, as he is a very strong and astute rider.
CASTERTON – He comes out of the same race as Finche, being the Geelong Cup and he ran well that day and will certainly improve with the run. Corey Brown is aboard, he has drawn a bit wide in gate 13 but over the 2600m distance I am sure they will find their positions quite early and give him a chance to finish off. He has the blinkers on which has certainly sharpened him up in his track work. He is a horse that has very good wet track form so hopefully we get a shower or two of rain at Flemington on Friday afternoon or perhaps Saturday morning to keep the track in a nice range like a good 4 or slightly worse. Ultimately I think he is going to be a horse for the Sydney Autumn and a definite Sydney Cup prospect.
Race 8 – Seppelt Mackinnon Stakes – 2000m
SHILLELAGH – She backs up from last Saturday where she was an impressive winner and that was against the girls at weight for age. This race is for both sexes and James McDonald retains the ride. Barrier 6 shouldn’t pose any problem to her and hopefully she gets an economical run but she shouldn’t have to get as far back as she does over shorter distances and that might make things a little easier for her. Clearly she loves Flemington, this is her first time over 2000m but the family that she is from would suggest that it won’t be any issue and being well into her preparation it is the right time to be trying her. I am quietly confident that she will be hard to beat.
Stable winner Savacool (NZ) winning at Flemington on Oaks Day, Thursday, picture Quentinjlang.com
Race 2 – 2019 Membership Handicap – 1400m
PHONEME – He has arrived up safely from Melbourne where he was an impressive winner on Cox Plate day at Yarra Valley when winning his maiden by a big space. Obviously this is a lot tougher and it does appear he is better left handed than right handed, so that will be against him tomorrow but being a BOBS horse it is well worth coming back up to Sydney for the big prize money. Jay Ford has been booked to ride with a light weight and a good barrier, but I am under no illusions, it is going to be a tougher race than his maiden.
Race 4 – Schweppes Handicap – 1500m
SEXY EYES – She was an impressive winner last start and she has trained on well. It is only an extra 100m and she has got a good draw with a good strong rider aboard so we expect her to be very hard to beat.
VELOCITA – She will keep Sexy Eyes honest and when conditions suit she certainly deserves respect. It doesn’t look the strongest fillies and mare race about so she also has a chance, but I have a slight leaning towards Sexy Eyes.
Race 5 – Eden Brae Homes Handicap – 1400m
SO YOU WIN – He is returning after a long break but he certainly showed us promise last preparation and the extra time certainly won’t have done him any harm. He has a good barrier but obviously the distance is a little bit short so I just hope he runs well and I expect him to improve on whatever he does on Saturday.
CHAUSSURE – It was a very good first up run after a long break. I always get a little concerned about being a little flat second up but he certainly has class this horse. It was great to see him attack the line as well he did first up. Barrier eleven is a little concern but with a good strong rider in Tye Angland aboard he will sum up the situation at the 800m mark and work out where he needs to be to give this horse every possible chance.
OMBUDSMAN – He is a stayer resuming and did a good job last preparation when winning a few Sydney races and I expect him to go to a higher level this preparation. Obviously it is a bit short but I am sure he will be attacking the line well over the concluding stages.
Race 6 – Australian Turf Club Handicap – 2000m
SOLO MISSION – He is gradually working his way back into form and I think he is a top three chance on Saturday with Josh Parr in the saddle. He just needs a little bit of luck.
MEROVEE – He is stepping up to 2000m which I think is a good step, unfortunately he has drawn a bit wide but he has a good jockey in Tye Angland aboard to help overcome that. We certainly respect the top weight Sky Boy as the one to beat but I think Merovee is a top three chance, he just needs an ounce of luck from his barrier.
MAZAZ – He ran well first up, he was a little bit flat second up but third up here on Saturday with Sam Weatherley back aboard and claiming 2kg, I am sure he can improve but he does need to.
MISS SHANTI – She has drawn wide but was a good winner last start. She has had a pretty busy schedule over the past two weeks but has come through last Friday night’s win without any problems and I expect her to be finishing off strongly.