Doomben 10,000 2015: Chris Waller tells faithful to hang tough with Boban   Leave a comment

Doomben 10,000 2015: Chris Waller tells faithful to hang tough with Boban

Long time between drinks: Boban’s last win came in the Group 1 Chipping Norton Stakes in

Long time between drinks: Boban’s last win came in the Group 1 Chipping Norton Stakes in March last year. Picture: Simon Bullard Source: News Corp Australia

DON’T write off Boban.

That’s the stern warning from champion trainer Chris Waller as the former star miler gets set to repay his most faithful followers in Saturday’s Doomben 10,000.

Some experts have questioned whether Boban is 12 months past his best and Waller didn’t shy away from the fact the five-year-old has been a nightmare for punters since claiming his last victory in the Group 1 Chipping Norton Stakes (1600m) in March last year.

Trainer Chris Waller. Picture: Simon Bullard

Trainer Chris Waller. Picture: Simon Bullard Source: News Corp Australia

But Waller feels the stars are aligning for the three-time Group 1 winner to add another feature race to his already impressive resume in Brisbane this weekend.

“You can never underestimate Boban,” Waller warned.

“I would be one of them to say that (he hasn’t produced his best in the past 12 months) but you can’t take away that Group 1 level and some of his runs have been pretty good in the past 12 months.

“Not all of them, but in particular his early races while fresh have been pretty good so we are hanging on to that and it’s the type of race that will suit him and you would expect there to be a bit of pace on.”

Boban, a $17 Doomben 10,000 chance, had a gallop at Rosehill on Monday before travelling up to the Gold Coast on Tuesday night.

The gelding has only won one from seven races first-up but his last three fresh runs have been over 1200m instead of the 1350m this weekend.

“He is pretty well and I don’t think the 1200m is any good for him and being 1350m fresh this weekend, I’m thinking he is a chance,” Waller said.

Flamingo Star will be Waller’s other runner in the Doomben 10,000 this weekend and he admits he isn’t expecting too much from the German import at his Australian debut.

“We are planning towards the spring with him and he hadn’t shown us much at all until Monday when he had his final gallop at Rosehill and his work was good,” he said.

Boban’s famous last-to-first victory in the 2013 Moonga Stakes at Caulfield. Picture: Mic

Boban’s famous last-to-first victory in the 2013 Moonga Stakes at Caulfield. Picture: Michael Klein Source: News Limited

“That was the first time he has showed me some speed and I don’t think he could win this weekend but if he ran midfield I would say he is the perfect candidate for the Epsom in the spring.”

Waller was on the Glitter Strip on Tuesday to watch some of his Doomben hopefuls — including Sadler’s Lake, Ballet Suite, Counterattack and She’s Clean — gallop on the Gold Coast course proper.

He concedes he had to hold all four horses back slightly in their gallops due to the track being chopped up but he is confident it won’t affect their performances this weekend.

Originally published as Waller tells faithful to hang tough with Boban

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Posted May 20, 2015 by belesprit09 in Uncategorized

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