Shu­mookh ready for Em­pire Rose

The Sportsman Weekend - - The Trackwork Winners - WAR­REN HUNTLY

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,

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