Waller’s age­less Bar­man looks to be go­ing as well as ever

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WHO was that sprightly type in the or­ange colours pow­er­ing through the line in his heat, a 2.8-len fifth at the fin­ish, but in front a hun­dred me­tres af­ter the post?

Why none other than 10-year- old, five-times Syd­ney Cup run­ner (one time win­ner) and three time Mel­bourne Cup com­peti­tor WHO SHOT THE­BAR­MAN. Wow, what a horse. If you read some­where this week Chris Waller say ‘he’s go­ing as well as he ever has’, be­lieve it – let’s wait and see how close he can get to WINX in Satur­day’s Ge­orge Main, it might not be as far as you’d think.

The Bar­man was a stand­out per­former at last Fri­day’s 11

heats at War­wick Farm which kicked off with some other stay­ers go­ing around du­ti­fully in the opener.

The or­der was TALLY, ALWARD, PERIBSEN with 0.6-len over the trio then 2.5-len back to

Richard Freed­man pair AUVRAY and RO­MAN SON. Well done to all. Now from the old timers to the new­com­ers and we saw a flash­back to 1980’s 1990’s here with the four-time Golden Slip­per win­ning trainer Clarry Con­ners go­ing one-two in the twoyearold heat.

DIDDLES (a filly by Snitzel out of Magic Mil­lions win­ner Mimi Le­brock) showed the ben­e­fits a sound ed­u­ca­tion by beat­ing his sta­ble­mate KARIBA 2.5-len, some of which can at­trib­uted to the lat­ter run­ning wide on cor­ner.

Pago Pago win­ner SIN­GLE BUL­LET has turned the cor­ner since he been gelded, he was third in a good race on re­turn on Aug 25 be­fore a lovely win in his heat last Fri­day.

We saw him do some­thing he hasn’t al­ways done – at­tack the line!

Take note that I AM COLDPLAY was eased down over the last bit to fin­ish a cruisy fourth whilst Ke­men­tari’s three- quar­ter-bother, RE­GENT was a wor­thy sixth.

Peter and Wendy Mo­ran’s ace mare MISS QUE was a slash­ing sec­ond in her heat com­ing wide and from the back to fin­ish a length be­hind Mark Newn­ham’s classy SU­PER EX who has now won two tri­als post his Bris­bane car­ni­val ap­pear­ances.

Coin­ci­den­tally, Su­per Ex is by Tick­ets who was bred and raced by none other than Peter and Wendy Mo­ran.

Where is Tick­ets now you ask? China.

Newn­ham has a whole lot of depth at his dis­posal this spring, lots of lightly-raced three-year- old’s and a crack­ing Breed­ers’ Plate type in Ex­ceed The Stars.

Throw in the three-year- old’s SHADOW BRIDGE and WISE MISSILLE who won their re­spec­tive tri­als last week by mar­gins of 7.3-len and 4.8-len.

If trainer Steve En­gle­brecht is able to find a 1000m race some­where, any­where, for GOLDFINCH then she (the mare) will be win­ning.

Na­ture Strip is fast, so is Su­per Too, but Goldfinch would give them both a run for their money over the first 400m.

Goldfinch won a trial at WF on Aug 24 by 5.8-len and won last week’s heat 4.8-len – Deanne Panya un­moved in the sad­dle.

Sta­ble­mate HIGH­WAY is a miler/stayer and tri­alled ac­cord­ingly but don’t rule a first-up win or place out for this mare who ran in Youngstar’s Queens­land Oaks at her most re­cent out­ing.

Our others from th­ese heats are; SUNSUZIE, EUROBLAZE, MISS CHAR­LIE and most as­suredly MADAM OAKS.

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