Chris Waller’s German import Flamingo Star to make long-awaited debut for stable   Leave a comment

Chris Waller’s German import Flamingo Star to make long-awaited debut for stable

Look who’s back: Boban wins a barrier trial in preparation for his third winter carnival

Look who’s back: Boban wins a barrier trial in preparation for his third winter carnival in Queensland. Picture: Brett Costello Source: News Corp Australia

CHRIS Waller will saddle a hardened carnival regular and a total newcomer as he aims to continue his blistering start to the Queensland winter carnival in Saturday’s Doomben 10,000.

Multiple Group 1-winner Boban returns to Queensland after warming up with a Warwick Farm barrier trial win last week, while German import Flamingo Star will make his Australian debut in the 1350m feature.

Trainer Chris Waller. Picture: Colleen Petch

Trainer Chris Waller. Picture: Colleen Petch Source: News Corp Australia

Flamingo Star hasn’t raced since his successive Group 3 wins over a mile in Germany and France in October.

Waller’s racing manager Liam Prior said Flamingo Star was passed in at the French Arqana Sales last November but a deal was brokered for his owners to retain a third and the rest was shared between existing clients, including Winx’s owner Peter Tighe.

“He arrived in Australia in February and landed in our stable in March,” Prior said.

“It was always the plan to give him a light preparation now and then set him for the spring.

“It’s hard to get a line on him. He hasn’t shown a lot of speed in his two trials, but he does have plenty of class.”

There is one familiar name in Flamingo Star’s formlines, but it has little reference to his Doomben 10,000 credentials.

“He actually beat (Melbourne Cup winner) Protectionist when he won his maiden in Germany (in November 2012),” Prior said.

This will be Boban’s third winter in Queensland. He didn’t travel here last year, but was a stakes winner as a two-year-old in 2012 and was then second in the Fred Best Classic the following year.

This will be Boban’s third winter in Queensland. Picture: Simon Bullard

This will be Boban’s third winter in Queensland. Picture: Simon Bullard Source: News Corp Australia

“We backed off in the autumn to set him specifically for this and possibly the Stradbroke,” Prior said.

“His trial win was probably better than it looked visually and Glyn (Schofield) is very happy with him. If he gets close to his best form, he would be very hard to beat.”

Waller has won four stakes races in Queensland over the past fortnight and has another big team heading to Doomben.

Quick Strike and Sadler’s Lake will run in the Grand Prix, while Counterattack heads to the Sires.

Strawberry Boy (Lord Mayor’s Cup) and Vilanova (Premier’s Cup) also run, while Stradbroke fancy Delectation could line up in the Fred Best.

Prior said a decision would be made early this week to decide if Ballet Suite ran in the Roses or went straight to the Oaks with Winx, where Hugh Bowman will take back the ride from Larry Cassidy.

Originally published as Waller wishes upon a Star

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Posted May 18, 2015 by belesprit09 in Uncategorized

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