Arguably two of Australia’s most powerful horse trainers Gai Waterhouse and Chris Waller flew into Melbourne on Thursday night to put the finishing touches on their Royal Ascot hopefuls.

However, while both overseas-bound sprinters – Wandjina and Brazen Beau – performed well, news from Queensland had a contrasting effect on both trainers.

Waterhouse had been bubbling with anticipation about winning the Queensland Oaks with Bohemian Lilly on Saturday, but the youngster freakishly incurred a cut elbow and had to be withdrawn from the race on Friday morning.  Waller had better news as the withdrawal of Waterhouse’s filly meant his three-year-old Winx is now a pronounced favourite to win the $500,000 group 1 event.