Hollindale Stakes 2015: Fresh runners bolster hopes for Chris Waller camp   Leave a comment

Hollindale Stakes 2015: Fresh runners bolster hopes for Chris Waller camp

Fresh legs: Moriarty (right) wins the Group 3 Craven Plate at Randwick last October. Pict

Fresh legs: Moriarty (right) wins the Group 3 Craven Plate at Randwick last October. Picture: Mark Evans Source: News Corp Australia

PUNTERS are using Chris Waller’s history as a guide to his four runners as the trainer shoots for a third win in the Hollindale Stakes.

Waller’s Hollindale winners Metal Bender and My Kingdom Of Fife both only had two starts in Sydney before venturing north.

While Hawkspur and Foreteller raced several times during the Sydney carnival, Moriarty and I’m Imposing had just the one run each and arrive as the fresh horses on the scene.

“Moriarty has just had the one run in the George Ryder. He’s been set for this carnival,” Waller said.

“I’m Imposing earned his chance at a Group 1 over the summer and we felt even though he’s now nine, this is his best chance of winning a race like that.”

I’m Imposing is the outsider of Waller’s quartet, but has been among the best-backed runners with tab.com.au, firming from $26 to $15.

Moriarty has been the other well-backed runner with tab.com.au at the $8 mark.

TattsBet’s Will Norman on Thursday said punters were struggling to line up the Hollindale form, with no major plays yet.

“There has been more interest in Arabian Gold than Silent Achiever, but really, the race has been quiet,” Norman said.

One of the biggest bets with TattsBet for Saturday’s meeting was in the Gold Coast Guineas, where Bearskin was backed to win almost $30,000 at odds of $18 and $15.

Stablemate Traveston Girl has firmed two points in the same race and looks like starting favourite.

TattsBet also stand to lose around $25,000 if Mr Cha Cha can win the Guineas first up for the Brad Herne stable.

Rob Heathcote named Gid Up Strop (Gunsynd) as his best Coast hope, but also believes Fusina in the same race, Jopa (PM’S Cup) and Pinch River (Guineas) can run above market expectations.

“Pinch River’s first up run off a nine month break was excellent. He smoked across from barrier 14 and he was still there with 50m to go. He’s a pretty good horse,” Heathcote said.

“Jopa races really well at the Gold Coast and I’m sure he will be coming with a strong run at the end.”

Adelaide charges home out wide to his famous Cox Plate victory. Picture: Colleen Petch

Adelaide charges home out wide to his famous Cox Plate victory. Picture: Colleen Petch Source: News Corp Australia

ADELAIDE JOINS MASS EXODUS

COX Plate winner Adelaide continued the mass exodus of quality horses from our racetracks when his retirement to Coolmore Stud was announced on Thursday.

Adelaide, who only raced twice in Australia, will stand at a fee of $22,000.

His retirement came the same day as the Golden Rose and Randwick Guineas winner Hallowed Crown, who joins the Darley roster.

Darley also have fellow dual Group 1-winning three-year-old Brazen Beau retiring to their barns after his Royal Ascot tilt.

Newgate Farm has become one of the most significant bloodstock players in Australia and this week Wandjina joined Dissident and Deep Field among their 2015 acquisitions.

Like Brazen Beau, Wandjina could have his swansong in Europe.

This past week also saw the retirement of Group 1-winning mares Sweet Idea and Dear Demi.

Adelaide will be joined on the Coolmore roster by one-time boom colt Rubick, whose fee is “to be advised” pending any future racing.

Trainer Gerald Ryan is set to make a decision on Tuesday whether Rubick runs in the BTC Cup in a fortnight.

Originally published as Fresh look shapes Waller quartet

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Posted April 25, 2015 by belesprit09 in Uncategorized

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