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Chris Waller could have five in the Apollo
Caryl Williamson
06:32 AEST Mon Feb 18 2013

Chris Waller could have five runners in the Apollo Stakes while fellow trainer Gai Waterhouse will delay a decision on whether Laser Hawk starts in the Group Two race.

If Rosehill Guineas winner Laser Hawk runs he will be ridden by Nash Rawiller who has been out of action since December with a broken ankle.

Rawiller got re-acquainted with the raceday atmosphere with an exhibition gallop on Julienas at Rosehill on Saturday in company with Glencadam Gold.

"Everything feels good and I'm looking forward to coming back," Rawiller said.

Julienas will run in a 1600m race at Warwick Farm on Saturday with Glencadam Gold scheduled to return in the Apollo (1400m) with Tommy Berry aboard.

Waller's team consists of 2010 Apollo winner Danleigh, Albert The Fat, Shoot Out, Kelinni and Gatewood.

"Shoot Out is probably the main flag bearer," Waller said.

"Everything is good with him.

"It's another step for Danleigh who might be looking for 1600 metres now."

Waller said the Group One target for highly-regarded import Gatewood would be the Ranvet Stakes (2000m) four weeks after the Apollo.

Trained by John Gosden in England and for his Australian spring campaign, Gatewood won the Geelong Cup but missed a Melbourne Cup start when he failed in last-ditch attempt to get in via the Lexus won by Kelinni.

"Gatewood is a middle distance horse and the Ranvet is what we are aiming at," Waller said.

Shoot Out and Danleigh filled the placings in last year's Apollo before finishing one-two in the Group One Chipping Norton Stakes two weeks later.

The Waller-trained She's Clean will step up to stakes company for the first time in the Listed Triscay Stakes (1200m) where she will be joined by stablemate Nocturnelle, winner of two Listed races in the spring.


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