Leading Sydney horseman Chris Waller may have to reevaluate the early spring campaigns of a number of his gallopers following the release of the 2012 Tramway Handicap weights for this Saturday’s Warwick Farm meeting.
Waller nominated for four of his spring hopefuls in this year’s $125,000 Group 3 Tramway Handicap (1400m) but is unhappy with the heavy imposition allocated to two of those entries following the release of weights on Tuesday morning.
Topping the Tramway Handicap weights is former Queensland galloper Shoot Out with a hefty 62kg, his veteran galloper Rangirangdoo only half a kilo behind with 61.5kg.
Six-year-old High Champarral gelding Shoot Out enjoyed a sensational autumn at the start of the year with a Group 1 win in the Chipping Norton Stakes and two subsequent elite level placings when third to Manighar in the Ranvet Stakes and a close second to More Joyous in the Doncaster Mile.
The efforts haven’t gone unnoticed by the handicappers however and Shoot Out is more likely to be saved.
It is a similar story for one of Waller’s stable favourites Rangirangdoo who defied their years and career setbacks with a gallant autumn preparation that included a fourth in the Chipping Norton and devastatingly close second in the Ranvet.
Last seen finishing fourth to More Joyous in the Queen Elizabeth Stakes on Sydney Cup Day Rangirangdoo, like Shoot Out, is heading towards the $350,000 Group 1 George Main Stakes (1600m) at Royal Randwick on September 22.
Waller would have liked to give Rangirangdoo especially a run leading up to the 2012 George Main Stakes however making their Tramway weight particularly frustrating.
“I’m disappointed because they will struggle to win,” Waller said of the Group 1 winning duo in the Tramway.
“I don’t want them to have a gut buster first-up.
“I want to run Shoot Out but he has a good record fresh so maybe he could go straight to the George Main but Rangi needs to run.
“I’ll have a good look at it over the next couple of days.
“It’s hard if you can’t get them ready for the early races in the carnival because they have to run in a race like this.”
The next heaviest weighted of Waller’s Tramway nominees is then his European import Class Is Class with 57.5kg for their Australian debut, while Randwick Guineas runner-up Said Com is the only one to get in on the 54kg minimum.
“I thought Class Is Class might have got a bit less,” Waller said.
“(But) he and Said Com will probably run.”
See below for the full 2012 Tramway Handicap weights, nominations and ballot with the field to be released on Wednesday.
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2012 Tramway Handicap Weights & Ballot
Warwick Farm Racecourse – 08/09/2012
|1||SHOOT OUT||Chris Waller||1||62kg||116|
|2||RANGIRANGDOO (NZ)||Chris Waller||2||61.5kg||115|
|4||CLASS IS CLASS (IRE)||Chris Waller||4||57.5kg||106|
|5||KONTIKI PARK (NZ)||Gai Waterhouse||5||56kg||103|
|6||SOMEPIN ANYPIN (NZ)||Gary Portelli||6=||55.5kg||102|
|7||STEPS IN TIME||John O’Shea||16||55.5kg||106|
|8||WILD AND PROUD||Gai Waterhouse||8||54.5kg||100|
|10||DARCI BE GOOD (NZ)||Bede Murray||14||54kg||89|
|11||DICKO’S DREAM (NZ)||Mark Sues||18||54kg||52|
|12||DOWAGER QUEEN (NZ)||Lee Freedman & Graeme Rogerson||15||54kg||85|
|13||MOMENT OF CHANGE||Peter G Moody||9=||54kg||98|
|14||QUINTESSENTIAL (NZ)||John Sargent||6=||54kg||102|
|15||RIOMORAL (NZ)||Martin Mcinerney||17||54kg||95|
|16||ROLLING PIN (NZ)||Gwenda Markwell||13||54kg||92|
|17||SAID COM (NZ)||Chris Waller||9=||54kg||98|
|18||TAGUS||John P Thompson||12||54kg||94|