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After naming him a “definite” starter in Saturday’s Warwick Stakes 2013, trainer Chris Waller has decided to delay the first-up run of his four-time Group 1 winner Shoot Out until next month.
Triple Sydney Training Premiership winning horseman Waller originally nominated for nine from his stables in Saturday’s $175,000 Group 2 Warwick Stakes (1400m).
It’s since been revealed he will be accepting for a contingent of six in the Warwick Stakes field, Shoot Out not among them.
Instead Waller will run the now seven-year-old High Chaparral gelding, last seen finishing sixth to stablemate Sacred Falls in the muddy Doncaster Mile in April, first-up in the $175,000 Group 2 Chelmsford Stakes (1600m) at Royal Randwick on September 7.
Shoot Out won first-up over a mile last preparation in the Group 1 Chipping Norton Stakes and is being aimed at the $3 million Group 1 Sportingbet Cox Plate (2040m) in Melbourne this October.
He currently pays $51 in the Cox Plate odds.
Waller is hoping to have Shoot Out a little slimmer, back to their racing weight, for the Chelmsford.
“l’ll save Shoot Out for the Chelmsford Stakes over the mile,” Waller told News Limited on Tuesday.
“He’s carrying a bit too much weight and I think he’ll only benefit from the extra two weeks of work.”
Before the Cox Plate Shoot Out will have a few more starts in Sydney including a title defense in the $350,000 Group 1 George Main Stakes (1600m) at Randwick on September 21.
Waller’s six Warwick Stakes hopefuls then are Doomben Cup winner Beaten Up, runner-up in that Brisbane classic Foreteller, 2013 Melbourne Cup-bound Kelinni who was fourth in the ‘race that stops a nation’ last year, veteran galloper Metal Bender, Moriarty and 2013 Caulfield Cup hope Hawkspur who won the Queensland Derby in June.
The two other non-acceptors along with Shoot Out were Doncaster winner Sacred Falls and his Australian Oaks champ Royal Descent.
Sacred Falls, also on the 2013 George Main Stakes path, will be saved for the $125,000 Group 3 Tramway Handicap (1400m) Saturday week while Royal Descent runs in Saturday’s $125,000 Group 3 Toy Show Quality (1300m) against her own kind.
The official Warwick Stakes 2013 field and barriers are due for release tomorrow.
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