The Sportsman Weekend - - The Trackwork Winners - RAY HICKSON

CHAM­PION trainer Chris Waller has Don­caster as­pi­ra­tions for im­port Mis­ter Sea Wolf though stopped short of pre­dict­ing a first-up win at Rose­hill to­mor­row.

The six-year-old, win­ner of six from 23 starts, has at­tracted heavy early sup­port with pun­ters open­ing at $11 with TAB and firm­ing to $6 within hours.

Waller said his im­me­di­ate goal with Mis­ter Sea Wolf is the Group 2 Vil­liers Stakes, run in two weeks, which car­ries a Don­caster ex­emp­tion.

“His form will stand up but it’s a mat­ter of when,” Waller said. “Nor­mally they take run or two, of­ten into a sec­ond preparation. But he has tri­alled well and set­tled in well, I’d like to get him through to a Vil­liers sec­ond-up and be a lit­tle more con­fi­dent go­ing into that than I am about Satur­day.”

Waller has won six Don­cast­ers with Winx (2016), Ker­madec (2015), Sa­cred Falls (2013-14), Ran­gi­rang­doo (2010) and Triple Hon­our (2008).

Mis­ter Sea Wolf tack­les the Listed $150,000 Fes­ti­val Stakes (1500m) with Tim Clark in the sad­dle on the back of one pub­lic trial – Waller said he’s had no jump outs – for a pleas­ing third at Rose­hill last Fri­day.

He was win­ner over a mile at the Cur­ragh in May and Listed placed the same course on July 1.

“He’s a nice mid­dle dis­tance horse that has pretty good form around the mile,” Waller said.

“I re­spect that form in Eng­land and Ire­land as much as I do with stay­ing races.

“It’s good to give them a cou­ple of starts be­fore you get them ready for the late au­tumn/win­ter.

“I see him as that Ajax/Don­caster Pre­lude type of horse to get the con­fi­dence to get him to the Don­caster or a Doomben Cup.”

Mis­ter Sea Wolf is one of three run­ners for Waller in the Fes­ti­val Stakes and it’s fair to say the other pair, Group 1 win­ners Japon­sime and Good Project are bat­tling to find their best form.

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