Waller Questions Tramway Handicap 2012 Weights

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.

Shoot Out

Shoot Out has been allocated the top weight of the 2012 Tramway Handicap nominations for Saturday

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

# Horse Trainer Ballot Weight Hcp. Rating
1 SHOOT OUT Chris Waller 1 62kg 116
2 RANGIRANGDOO (NZ) Chris Waller 2 61.5kg 115
3 MONTON Ron Quinton 3 58kg 107
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
9 AMBIDEXTER Peter Snowden 11 54kg 95
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