Where Beaten Up draws today when the final field is released for the 2013 Doomben Cup (2000m) will determine whether he contests the Queensland feature or heads to the Scone Cup on Friday.
The Doomben Cup is trainer Chris Waller’s number one preference for the import but said he will not run if he receives a wide barrier.
The import is in his first preparation for the leading Sydney trainer and showed plenty of promise last start when a narrow second in the Rowley Mile at Hawkesbury.
Waller thinks he is still a preparation away from showing his best but is willing to give him his chance in Brisbane.
“He is going well, he will be a Group 2 or Group 1 horse next preparation but he will get a chance in the Doomben Cup on Saturday if he draws well, if not he will be heading to Scone,” Waller told Racing Network.
To be successful in the Doomben Cup Beaten Up will have to overcome some quality gallopers including stablemate Foreteller.
Foreteller is jostling for favouritism with Lights Of Heaven after being narrowly beaten in the Group 2 Hollindale Stakes last start.
The six-year-old former French galloper is now in his third preparation for Waller and is showing career best form.
A son of Dansili, Foreteller won the Group 1 Ranvet Stakes at Sydney’s autumn carnival and earlier in the year won the Group 2 Peter Young Stakes.
Other Doomben Cup chances include triple Group 1 winner Manighar and Grahame Begg-trained mare Secret Admirer.
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