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Waller lands quinella in Doomben Cup
By Stephen Rodgers
16:56 AEST Sat May 18 2013

Premier Sydney trainer Chris Waller maintained his dominance of Group One weight-for-age races with a one-two finish to the Doomben Cup with imported stayers Beaten Up and Foreteller.

Shoot Out was Waller's sole spring Group One winner in the George Main Stakes and started the ball rolling for Waller in the autumn in the Chipping Norton Stakes at Warwick Farm.

Foreteller continued the trend in the Ranvet Stakes at Rosehill while Reliable Man won the Queen Elizabeth Stakes, both at weight-for-age.

Royal Descent (Australian Oaks) and Sacred Falls (Doncaster Mile) also won in Sydney with Beaten Up giving Waller his seventh Group One win for the season.

The former English horse will be aimed at weight-for-age races during the spring with the Cox Plate an option.

"It will all depend on how his lead up form is but the Cox Plate is there if he shows he's going well enough," Waller said.

"We always knew he had the potential to be a Group One winner and it's been a matter of teaching him to relax and gain some confidence."

The five-year-old was highly rated in Europe early in his career before losing form after an unsuccessful campaign in Dubai.

"He had it all in front of him as a young horse but he lost his way and it's taken him until now to rediscover that early form," Waller said.

"I'd describe him as being like an unruly teenager. He wants to do the right thing but he's got a few quirks."

Waller was full of praise for the ride of winning jockey, New Zealander Leith Innes, who brought Beaten Up ($9) with a well-timed finish to defeat Foreteller ($4 fav) by three-quarters-of-a-length with Secret Admirer ($15) a half head way third.

"Leith got him to switch off and that's what wins Group One races," Waller said.

Grahame Begg, trainer of third placed Secret Admirer, confirmed shortly after the race the dual Group One winner had been retired.

The Peter Moody-trained Manighar looked the winner when he dashed clear at the 300 metres but was overhauled in the final stages to finish fourth.

"He had a nice run all the way and I thought he was going to win on the corner," jockey Brad Rawiller said.

"Whether or not I went too soon I'll let Peter Moody be the judge of that."

Moody's other runner Lights Of Heaven ($4.20) may be better suited in longer races according to her jockey Luke Nolen after she finished fifth.


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