Shumookh ready for Empire Rose
THINKIN’ BIG is ready to go for tomorrow’s Victoria Derby and all the Gai Waterhouse Adrian Botttrained galloper needed on Tuesday morning was a steady workout with his stablemate SHUMOOKH over 1200m.
There was nothing startling about the time they ran to cover distance in 1.20.01 and their closing 400m in 25.13 but Thinkin’ Big appeared keen to have his nose front of his workmate as they passed the finishing post.
Although there were plenty of quicker gallops on the course proper on Tuesday morning, Thinkin’ Big has not taken a backward step since arriving in Melbourne and deserves his place at the top of the Derby betting while Shumookh has thrived since her victory at Caulfield and heads to tomorrow’s Empire Rose Stakes.
Waterhouse and Bott also allowed RUNAWAY to stretch his legs on the course proper Tuesday morning and he has come through his Geelong Cup victory in terrific shape.
He quickened nicely at the end of his workout to clock 1.29.44 for 1200m and 23.60 for last 400m.
He is sure to give a great sight in tomorrow’s Lexus Stakes as his final serious hit out leading into next Tuesday’s Melbourne Cup.
OSBORNE BULLS appears to have taken no harm from his trip to Sydney to contest The Everest and he finished off his 1000m workout on the course proper on Tuesday morning in sparkling style.
The James Cummingstrained galloper built momentum as he progressed through his work and after cruising through the early stages he dashed home his final 400m in 22.76, recording 1.11.13 for the total distance.
Cummings has him looking in outstanding order and he shapes as the one to beat over 1200m this weekend.
Chris Waller paired up MiISTER SEA WOLF and INVINCIBELLA for a workout on the course proper Tuesday morning and they both sprinted up nicely as galloped down the home straight.
After getting into their stride from the 1000m mark, they got more serious as
passed 400m pole to complete their workout in 1.10.26 and run their last 400m in a slick 23.29.
Waller has Group 1 assignments for both horses at Flemington tomorrow and Tuesday morning’s hit out should provide a perfect lead in to their respective feature races.
CHAPADA battled on bravely when runner-up behind Thinkin’ Big at Caulfield last time out and he has trained on well in preparation for his tilt at the Derby.
Mike Moroney paired him up with PEDRO XIMENEZ for a workout on the course proper on Tuesday morning and he has the better of his workmate as completed their gallop.
At the end of their 1800m assignment, Chapada stopped clock in 2.09.06 for the journey and 23.72 for his closing 400m.
He has a bit of ground to make up on Thinkin’ Big this weekend but Moroney has him in peak condition for his biggest challenge to date.
Osborne Bulls has been working well since his Everest run and looks well placed tomorrow,