Last season's champion Sydney trainer Chris Waller on Tuesday outlined some of the staying talent his stable has for the 2019 spring Cup's including the Group 1 Melbourne Cup (3200m) at Flemington on November 5th, a race Waller has yet to win.
Waller selected three imports, Shraaoh (IRE), Finche (GB) and Count Octave (GB) and discussed his thoughts on their spring chances.
Shraaoh, a seven-year-old Sea The Stars gelding, won the Group 1 Sydney Cup over 3200m at Randwick on April 13th after a good build up that included a second prior to the Cup in the Group 2 Chairman’s over 2600m on April 6th.
Finche, a six-year-old Frankel gelding, has already contested the Melbourne Cup when fourth last year with 54kg under Zac Purton. He was 3 1/2L from the winner Cross Counter (GB) with 51kg under Kerrin McEvoy.
Another Frankel is Count Octave, also a six-year-old gelding. Count Octave has yet to race in Australia as he was injured before the Cup last year, however, his UK form is impeccable when in his last race in the UK last August he was 1 1/2L second from the current UK staying champion Stradivarius (IRE) in the Group 2 Lonsdale Cup over 3319m at York.
Other stayer’s Waller said to take note of from the stable are Youngstar, Kings Will Dream (IRE), Haripour (IRE) and Patrick Erin (NZ).
Watch Waller discuss Shraaoh, Finche and Count Octave.
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