Chris Waller’s Doncaster Mile 2012 arsenal could be down to just three after the trainer originally looked to saddle-up up to five hopefuls in Saturday’s Royal Randwick feature following the injury-enforced withdrawal of Metal Bender from the remainder of the Sydney Autumn Racing Carnival.
Last start Danasinga six-year-old Metal Bender enjoyed their fourth Group 1 victory when narrowly holding off a field of Doncaster hopes to win the George Ryder Stakes (1500m) at Rosehill on Golden Slipper Day.
The galloper, whose career has been plagued by injury and a bleeding attack last autumn that forced them to the sidelines for over a year, was considered one of Waller’s best chances of securing his third win in the $2 million Group 1 Doncaster Mile Handicap (1600m) this weekend.
To have been ridden by Michael Rodd Metal Bender was paying $12 in the Doncaster Mile odds at bookmaker.com.au which are led by six-time Group 1 winning mare More Joyous ($5.50).
Waller, however, informed Racing NSW stewards that Metal Bender would not be accepted for when the Doncaster Mile field was revealed on Tuesday after the horse was found to have heat in his front legs after working out at Rosehill this morning.
The horse has been sent to the paddock immediately for a spell.
Waller is also leaning towards bypassing his 2010 Doncaster Mile winner Ranigrangdoo from Saturday’s clash, the evergreen veteran more suited to Saturday week’s $500,000 Queen Elizabeth Stakes (2000m) at the same track based on their hefty 58kg weight allocation for the Doncaster.
High Chaparral five-year-old Shoot Out, winner of the Chipping Norton Stakes over the Warwick Farm mile two back, remains the shortest-priced of Waller’s confirmed Doncaster Mile trio.
Coming off a close third to revived import Manighar and Rangirangdoo in the Ranvet Stakes (2000m) at Rosehill back on March 24, Shoot Out will drop from 59kg to 56.5kg for the Doncaster and pays $8 as the third favourite in the latest markets.
Waller’s other two hopefuls are Chipping Norton runner-up Danleigh ($34) out to improve on their George Ryder 13th, and reigning Emirates Stakes champ Albert The Fat ($71).
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