The Sportsman Weekend - - News - ADAM SHERRY

VIS­IT­ING English trainer Char­lie Ap­pleby kicked of his lat­est Aus­tralian trip with a Group 1 win last week and is out to land an­other ma­jor Blair House in the Un­der­wood Stakes (1800m) at Caulfield on Sun­day.

The son of Piv­i­tol is mak­ing his Aus­tralian

de­but and brings with him some strong form.

A win­ner of four of his 14 starts, Blair House has won twice over 1800m in­clud­ing a Group 1 over fel­low Godol­phin run­ner and W.S Cox Plate hope­ful, Ben­bati, in Dubai in March.

“This is an im­por­tant race for Blair House. It will de­ter­mine what path he takes in Mel­bourne for the rest of the Spring Car­ni­val,” Char­lie Ap­pleby said.

“He is a win­ner of the Group 1 Jebel Hatta at Mey­dan and I think the Aus­tralian style of rac­ing will suit him.

“He trav­elled over fine and has set­tled in well at Wer­ribee.

“The Un­der­wood is a tough first as­sign­ment, but we will know where we stand after he has run in it.”

Ap­pleby has been a fre­quent win­ner in Aus­tralia over the past two sea­sons with likes of Po­lar­i­sa­tion, Qewy, Fran­cis Of As­sisi and Oceanog­ra­pher and Jun­gle Cat showed plenty of fight to land the Sir Ru­pert Clark at Caulfield last week­end his Aus­tralian de­but.

Mean­while, AAP re­ports some jump­ing and trips to the beach have formed part of Comin’ Through’s prepa­ra­tion for the Un­der­wood Stakes which cham­pion trainer Chris Waller hopes has the de­sired ef­fect in the Group 1 race.

Comin’ Through won the Group 2 Tramway Stakes first-up at Randwick this prepa­ra­tion be­fore fin­ish­ing sixth in the Group 1 Makybe Diva Stakes at Flem­ing­ton last Satur­day week.

Waller said Comin’ Through just got too far back that day and flagged the in­ten­tion for this year’s Doomben Cup win­ner to set­tle a lot closer in Sun­day’s 1800m weight­for-age race at Caulfield for which he has drawn bar­rier two.

“His sec­tional times were very good (in the Makybe Diva),” Waller said.

“We’ve just kept him in­ter­ested by do­ing a lit­tle bit of school­ing over some fences and a few trips to the beach

he seems have switched on nicely.”

“Michael Walker rode him in a gal­lop at Flem­ing­ton on Tues­day and said he felt sharp so I’m hop­ing can bounce back to form on Sun­day.”

Char­lie Ap­pleby.

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