Se­ri­ous threat

Waller mare hogs the glory with im­pres­sive hitout

The Sportsman Midweek - - News -

AWOKE beat­ing SHILLELAGH and SMART AMELIA. Three more from Waller’s yard be­fore mov­ing on namely with Haire whose as­so­ci­a­tion with the fam­ily traces back to I Am Se­ri­ous’ third Dam, All An­gels, whom Haire trained win an AJC Aus­tralia Day Cup beat­ing the Ing­hams Syd­ney win­ner Cross Swords.

An hon­ourable men­tion is due to Waller stayer, LIBRAN, who was beaten 7.2-lengths but

only get­ting in­ter­ested over the fi­nal stages.

Chris Waller trained horses ac­counted for 43 of the 77 that went around at these heats so it’s no sur­prise that he fig­ures so promi­nently and frequently on the high­light reel.

Not a sin­gle one went poorly but you would have to put NEW UNI­VERSE in the top hand­ful of the en­tire Waller team on

day. This is the horse that has won four of six and cre­ated such an almighty im­pres­sion when he made his Aus­tralian de­but at Rose­hill on May 6 turning in a win that can best be de­scribed as ‘barn­storm­ing’.

Hugh Bow­man was in the sad­dle in New Uni­verse’s 900m heat and fol­lowed what would have been pretty sim­ple and log­i­cal set of in­struc­tions; some­thing like — drop out the back, no pres­sure, find line but don’t bust a gut. Done and done. Heat 3 was Waller tri­fecta

Shillelagh went bet­ter than Awoke, so did the fifth placed OK­LA­HOMA GIRL who came so far last prepa­ra­tion.

To think she won a Bm67 mid­weeker at War­wick Farm then just four starts later closed off the cam­paign with bronze in

Group 1 Queens­land Oaks be­hind sta­ble­mate Egg Tart.

The afore­men­tioned I Am Se­ri­ous is not the only ex­cit­ing ad­di­tion to Waller camp, for­mer Kiwi gal­loper QIJI PHOENIX looks a re­ally nice horse in the mak­ing and a bit of a smoky for up com­ing three-year-old races or down the track pos­si­bly a an­other Carbine Club win­ner for Waller.

This son of Not A Sin­gle Doubt won his first three starts for Donna Lo­gan and Chris Gibbs in na­tive New Zealand cul­mi­nat­ing in the Listed Cham­pagne Stakes at Eller­slie.

His fourth and fi­nal run for Lo­gan Gibbs was his sev­enth of 18 beaten 11-lengths in the Sires over there on a heavy 8.

Qiji Phoenix ( Bow­man up) was an easy but eye catch­ing fifth of eight in a heat that saw Team Hawkes trained colt CHAUF­FEUR clock di­min­ish­ing 1.3-lengths sec­ond. PALMATEER, KOOKABAA and CADENCIA.

Ing­ham Rac­ing’s three-yearold filly Palmateer is named af­ter an Aussie surfer, first name, Felic­ity who ac­cord­ing to Wikipedia rode the big­gest wave even rid­den by a fe­male Aus­tralian surfer at Cowaramup Bomb­ora (aka Cow Bom­bie) off the coast of Mar­garet River in her home state of WA.

If you haven’t al­ready guessed, Palmateer (the filly) is named af­ter the Ing­ham’s Lit­tle Surfer Girl.

Great win in her heat, more so for the fact that this was her very first trial.

Let’s end with a close look at two of Team Hawkes’ three­year-old colts that will be worth a small for­tune if they can win a de­cent stakes race which is def­i­nitely the plan given that one REFLECTIVITY is owned by Vin­ery Stud (mostly) while the other HONG QIGONG is out­right by Sun Stud.

In­ter­est­ing too that the pair are old ri­vals All Too Hard (Reflectivity) and Pierro (Hong Qigong) both are the sort of the colts that fall into cat­e­gory of ‘ what­ever they did at two is a bonus, were always go­ing to be bet­ter three-year-olds’.’ GROUP 1 win­ning sprinter TAKE­DOWN was a pre­dictable but no less im­pres­sive win­ner of the open­ing heat at a quick-fire round of just nine tri­als at Rose­hill last Fri­day morn­ing but had his thun­der stolen away by a re­cent Chris Waller sta­ble re­cruit in I AM SE­RI­OUS.

Take­down first; he led and trav­elled strongly for all of the 1030m heat — re­ally pow­ered through the line like a horse of his abil­ity should. Ticks all around for him. I Am Se­ri­ous though, was ab­so­lutely sen­sa­tion com­ing in just a half-length off Gary Moore’s big fella.

That was se­ri­ously good fol­low up to I Am Se­ri­ous’ Aug. 8 win in a Rand­wick heat where she held of the handy As­sim­i­late to win on that oc­ca­sion.

I Am Se­ri­ous is un­beaten in her three runs to date — all by cosy mar­gins at Ta­ree, Muswell­brook then Tam­worth.

The daugh­ter of Choisir is still (part) owned by her for­mer trainer and breeder Bob

Top sprinter Take­down looked good in a trial at Rose­hill last week

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