BLAIR TO GIVE GODOLPHIN ANOTHER G1
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.”