Waller’s pair look ready for the two mile journey
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.