Melbourne Cup Dream Not Over for Waller’s Lexus Stakes 2012 Duo

November 1, 2012

Melbourne Cup Dream Not Over for Waller’s Lexus Stakes 2012 Duo

On Saturday Sydney’s leading trainer Chris Waller will give two stayers from his stable the chance to sneak into the 2012 Melbourne Cup field when Permit and Kelinni run in the $250,000 Group 3 Lexus Stakes (2500m) at Flemington during the Victoria Derby Day action.

The 2012 Lexus Stakes, due to run as Flemington Race 2 at 12:00pm (AEST), is one of two final races offering a ballot exemption for the $6.2 million Group 1 Emirates Melbourne Cup (3200m) next Tuesday to the winner along with the Mackinnon Stakes.

Kelinni

Kelinni is one of two Lexus Stakes 2012 horses prepared by Chris Waller vying for the Melbourne Cup ballot exemption

As such the 13-horse Lexus Stakes field are all still among the official Melbourne Cup entries including Waller’s duo.

Both Dansili six-year-old Permit and Refuse To Bend four-year-old Kelinni need to win the Lexus and be penalised notably for the victory if they are to move up the Melbourne Cup ballot and secure a spot in the 24-horse field as they currently sit 35th and 38th respectively in the order of entry.

The stablemates are also both roughies in the current Melbourne Cup betting markets at bookmaker.com.au with Permit, last seen running a credible fifth in the Listed Tattersalls Club Cup (2400m) at Randwick two weeks ago, a $251 long-shot and recent Group 3 Colin Stephen Quality winner Kelinni also at triple figures paying $151.

Still Waller isn’t giving up hope of being represented in this year’s edition of the ‘race that stops a nation’ and has his fingers crossed for a Lexus upset.

“They both need to win to get into the Melbourne Cup and we’re realistic about their chances,” Waller said.

It will most definitely be an upset too with Lexus Stakes odds led by John Gosden’s British raider Gatewood ($3) who won the Geelong Cup last time out.

Meanwhile Kelinni, who comes off a second to Glencadam Gold in the Group 1 The Metropolitan (2400m), and Permit are both at double digits paying $11 and $26 respectively.

Of the pair it, whom both have their first runs in Melbourne this season on Saturday, it is Kelinni that Waller believes has the best form and more realistic chance.

“Kelinni is certainly the form horse of the two and if he wins the race he deserves to be there (in the Melbourne Cup),” Waller said.

“And if he doesn’t win the race he wasn’t going to win the Melbourne Cup this year anyway.

“He’s done a great job thus far and anything else is a bonus really.”

Permit meanwhile will be fitted with ear muffs again and have the blinkers removed from his gear in an attempt to get him back to better form.

“He’s been disappointing,” Waller said of the former European.

“His run in the Metrop was disappointing and his grand final last preparation in the Sydney Cup was disappointing.

“We haven’t quite worked him out. I’ve put some ear muffs on him for Saturday and taken the blinkers off, just trying to get him to relax mid-race because for whatever reason he’s just got nothing there to finish the race off.

“All the other signs are good. He’s sound and he’s well but something is stopping him in the race when the distances get further and it’s certainly not his staying ability.”

Whether you are sticking with the Lexus favourite, tipping one of Gatewood’s rivals for an upset or looking to get in on the early Melbourne Cup odds the place you need to be is bookmaker.com.au.

Right now all new sign-ups at bookmaker.com.au are also eligible for a juicy $400 spring bonus bet simply by opening a new account, making your first deposit and quoting the limited-time-only promo code BONUSBET!

Racing fields and data are copyright 2011-2018 © Racing Australia Pty Ltd (RA) (and other parties working with it).
Racing materials, including fields, form and results, is subject to copyright which is owned by RA and other parties working with it. Full copyright notice.

Spring Racing

Rogerson Dreams of 2018 Melbou...

The Everest 2018 Field to Feat...

The Everest 2018 Field to Feature Redzel

Inaugural champion Redzel has officially secured his position in the 2018 The...

2018 The Everest Field Takes S...

2018 The Everest Field Takes Shape: In Her Time Confirmed

She missed out on a shot at the world’s richest race on turf last spring but...

Trapeze Artist Secures 2018 Th...

Trapeze Artist Secures 2018 The Everest Slot for Aquis

The first official slot in The Everest 2018 field has been confirmed with...

El Dorado Dreaming of 2018 VRC...

El Dorado Dreaming of 2018 VRC Oaks Bid

Ben Smith’s ATC Sires’ Produce Stakes winning filly El Dorado Dreaming is in...

Horse Racing Today

BRC Sires’ Produce Stake...

Waller contemplating blinkers ...

Waller contemplating blinkers for 2018 Queensland Oaks favourite Youngstar

Trainer Chris Waller will decide before final acceptance time on Wednesday...

Waller to have multiple runner...

Waller to have multiple runners in 2018 Queensland Oaks

Recently inducted Hall Of Fame trainer Chris Waller is likely to have multiple...

McDonald to team up with Care ...

McDonald to team up with Care To Think in the 2018 Kingsford-Smith Cup

James McDonald will be hoping for a quick return to the Group 1 winner’s stall...

2018 Doomben Cup winner Comin&...

2018 Doomben Cup winner Comin’ Through beats stablemate Egg Tart

The Chris Waller trained Comin’ Through claimed his first Group 1 victory when...

Race Results

Viewed Victorious in Caulfield Cup

Race 1 Result – $101 500 AGL Renewable Energy Stakes – She’s Got Gears Wins

Race 2 – $101,500 Schiavello Plate – Avienus Wins

Race 3 – $101 500 Lavazza A Modo Mio – Linton Street Wins

Race 4 Results – $151,500 Listed Herald Sun Stakes – Strawberry Field Wins

Race Previews

2009 Caulfield Cup Barrier Draw Announced

Who Are the Top Contenders for Tomorrow’s Caulfield Cup?

Victoria Derby in sight for Onemorenomore

2009 Melbourne Cup Field

Eclipse Stakes Final Field & Preview

Fields & Form

Can Kelinni Win Sydney Cup 2013 for the Punters?

Moroney Gets into Queensland Derby 2013 Rhythm

Buffering Draws 7 – 2013 BTC Cup Final Field and Barrier Draw

SA Fillies Classic 2013 Field Released

13 two-year-olds in 2013 Champagne Classic Field