Sydney’s leading trainer Chris Waller is mapping out the spring preparations for his smart contingent of stars naming the iconic Melbourne Cup 2013 as a target for talented stayer Kelinni.
One of a host of spring-bound gallopers that trialled at Rosehill for Waller on Monday morning, Refuse To Bend five-year-old Kelinni finished fourth in their 900m hit-out when ridden by Damien Oliver.
It was a decent effort over an unsuitably short distance from the gelding who has been a very consistent performer over the past few seasons.
Last spring Kelinni rose through the ranks in Sydney and then Melbourne.
A Group 3 Colin Stephen win over the mile and a half led them to start in their maiden Group 1, the European import a brave second to runaway winner Glencadam Gold in The Metropolitan at Randwick.
From there they travelled to Victoria eyeing the spring cup riches.
They earned a shot at the ‘race that stops a nation’ when winning a ballot free ride into the Group 1 Emirates Melbourne Cup (3200m) with their Lexus Stakes win at Flemington just three days earlier.
Backing up in the two mile classic Kelinni was far from disgraced when three lengths away fourth to Green Moon in the $6.2 million Cup.
Their autumn campaign in Sydney was then a bit hit and miss.
Highlights included their fourth when beaten only one and a quarter lengths by Fiveandahalfstar in the Group 1 The BMW (2400m) and their win over Fibrillation in the Listed JRA Plate (2000m) in the mud.
They were last seen stepping up to the 3200m again in the Group 1 Sydney Cup on April 27 where they crossed sixth to Mourayan.
Waller has named the Melbourne Cup as the grand final aim for Kelinni again this spring.
In the futures Melbourne Cup odds now open at bookmaker.com.au they are a $41 roughie in betting.
As for a starting point Waller is considering the $175,000 Group 2 Warwick Stakes (1400m) on August 24 which he will use to get the spring campaigns of many of his horses going.
“A lot of my horses will start in the Warwick Stakes and we’ll go on from there,” Waller said according to AAP.
“Kelinni may also go there.”
“He won’t run in the Metropolitan this year. He will start in the Craven Plate on the same day and take the easiest path we can find to the Melbourne Cup.”
The $125,000 Group 3 Craven Plate (2000m) runs at Randwick on October 5.
Brisbane Cup winner Moriarty is also a Warwick Stakes chance who ran fifth in their 900m trial today.
The masterful trainer, who has won the past three Sydney training premierships on the trot, could have as many as six runners in the 2013 Warwick Stakes later in the month.
His headline chance though will be High Chaparral seven-year-old Shoot Out.
A four-time Group 1 winner, Shoot Out was last seen running sixth to Sacred Falls in the Group 1 Doncaster Mile (1600m).
They had a quiet trial this morning running fifth of six runners engaged in the fourth heat which was won by Guy Walter’s Group 1 winning mare Streama.
“Shoot Out is the benchmark for these horses,” Waller said.
“He is also doing well and enjoying a bit of dressage as part of his training.”
Also in that jump-out were the Waller-trained trio of Doncaster Mile winning stallion Sacred Falls (2nd), Queensland Derby champ Hawkspur (4th) and Ranvet Stakes winner Foreteller (6th).
O’Reilly four-year-old Sacred Falls will target the $350,000 Group 1 George Main Stakes (1600m) at Royal Randwick on September 21 along with Shoot Out who will be defending his title after resuming with a win there last year.
Dansili six-year-old Foreteller, last seen running second in the Doomben Cup, will head towards a start in the $1 million Group 1 Mackinnon Stakes (2000m) at Flemington on Victoria Derby Day, Saturday November 2, during the Melbourne Cup Carnival.
Waller is then eyeing his maiden win in the $2.5 million Group 1 BMW Caulfield Cup (2400m) with the consistent Purrealist gelding Hawkspur who is rated a $16 chance in the futures markets for the October 19 showdown.
He opted to scratch Metal Bender from the trial however with the injury-prone eight-year-old not having raced since their Group 1 George Ryder Stakes (1500m) victory in April last year after which they suffered a tendon injury.
“Everything with Metal Bender is now a bonus,” Waller said.
“He is coming back from a serious injury but is doing well
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