Waller’s pair look ready for the two mile jour­ney

The Sportsman Special Issue - - Melbourne Cup 2018 - WAR­REN HUNTLY

CHRIS Waller’s Mel­bourne Cup hope­fuls YOUNGSTAR and FINCHE paired up for a gal­lop on the course proper last Tues­day morn­ing and the sta­ble­mates kept fairly close com­pany dur­ing their work­out.

They came up the home straight in good style but also ap­peared to have plenty in re­serve to run 1200m in 1.12.78 and their fi­nal 400m in 24.27.

Youngstar was dis­ad­van­taged by the slow tempo in the Caulfield Cup and is ca­pa­ble of im­prov­ing dra­mat­i­cally in Tues­day’s Mel­bourne Cup while Finche ap­pears to have come through the Gee­long Cup in good shape in prepa­ra­tion for his tilt at The Cup.

Gai Water­house and Adrian Bott have elected to take RUN­AWAY straight into Tues­day’s Mel­bourne Cup af­ter his all-the-way vic­tory in the Gee­long Cup in­stead of giv­ing him a fi­nal lead up in yes­ter­day’s Lexus Stakes.

He looked bright and fit work­ing solo on the course proper last Tues­day morn­ing cov­er­ing 1200m in 1.29.44 for 1200m and 23.60 for his last 400m.

He faces an im­pos­ing in­ter­na­tional con­tin­gent in the Cup but he is sure to run a bold race and give his back­ers a great run for their money.

STAM­PEDE, also pre­pared by Water­house and Bott, has ar­rived in Mel­bourne in ter­rific shape fol­low­ing his first up vic­tory in Syd­ney and has been kept up to the mark with some solid work since his ar­rival.

Last Tues­day, he gal­loped strongly on the dirt track over 1200m and pulled up well af­ter clock­ing 1.21.12 for the trip and 24.17 for his last 400m.

From the in­side bar­rier over 1800m, he should take a power of beat­ing in the Furphy Plate (1800m) on Tues­day.

KAONIC wasn’t able to se­cure a start in the Kennedy Mile on Derby Day but the four-year- old has ar­rived at Chris Waller’s Flem­ing­ton base in great or­der and looked strong and fit gal­lop­ing with sta­ble­mate SHIL­LE­LAGH on the course proper last Tues­day morn­ing.

They both ap­peared to be work­ing well within them­selves to run 1000m in 1.09.78 and their clos­ing 400m in 24.58.

With the ben­e­fit of re­cent rac­ing un­der his belt, Kaonic is at the top of his game and has been af­forded a solid ground­ing to run over 1800m on Cup Day.

STILL SIN­GLE kicks off her ca­reer in the Bum­ble Stakes for the two-year- old fil­lies over 1000m on Cup Day.

The Chris Waller-trained daugh­ter of More Than Ready was re­spon­si­ble for an en­cour­ag­ing per­for­mance in a jumpout over about 800m just over a week ago.

She was able to race on the speed to win her heat in 45.72 which was very close to av­er­age time for the morn­ing’s ses­sion.

She had also tri­alled im­pres­sively at Rose­hill about a month ago and looks ready to make her pres­ence felt on de­but.

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