Waller Considers Manikato for 2013 Premiere Stakes Winner Arinosa

Chris Waller continued his awesome Epsom Handicap Day success at Royal Randwick in the Premiere Stakes 2013 with his always honest mare Arinosa posting her second Group 2 win and earning a possible shot at the $1 million Group 1 Manikato Stakes (1200m) in Melbourne later in the month.


Premiere Stakes winner Arinosa could be given a shot at the Manikato Stakes 2013. Photo: Steve Hart.

Six-year-old Dash For Cash mare Arinosa handed Waller a third win at today’s Sydney meet following the success of his Golden Rose champ Zoustar in the Group 2 Roman Consul Stakes (1200m) as well as the photo win by Boban in the day’s marquee race – the $500,000 Group 1 Epsom Handicap (1600m).

Arionsa was first-up in the $200,000 Group 2 Premiere Stakes (1200m), racing for the first time since a failed one run Brisbane Winter Racing Carnival that was cut short due to feet issues.

Having nursed her back to full fitness Waller celebrated her return today, the great grey snaring the Premiere trophy in a close effort having come from near last to first.

“Just minor fee issues which is a huge thing for horses,” Waller told TVN after the Premiere Stakes.

“We’ve just nursed her back and new foot so to speak and here she is today.”

In a patient ride from jockey Brenton Avdulla, who described Arinosa as his little superstar, the pair found themselves well back in the early stages and still around six off the winner coming towards the turn.

Down the straight it was Arinosa’s veteran stable mate Dystopia, given a blitzing ride by Hugh Bowman, on the inside who looked to be coming for the victory, Arinosa meanwhile working her way home on the outside.

In a blanket finish Arinosa put in a big bound and just got there a half head in front of Dysopia saluting for the punters in the final stride and handing Waller the Premiere Stakes quinella.

In third a further half neck away was then a fast finishing Famous Seamus form the Hawkesbury stables of Noel Mayfield-Smith.

“She come out at the right time,” Waller said of Arinosa.

“I thought Dystopia was home, but the old grey down the outside (got there).”

For Waller the logical progression for Arinosa, who also won the Group 2 Sapphire Stakes (1200m) at Randwick back in April, would be to give her a shot at a Group 1.

That could come in the Manikato Stakes 2013 under the lights at Moonee Valley on Friday October 25 on the eve of Cox Plate Day.

It is an ambitious aim but one that Waller hopes she can live up to, and one he believes is more suitable than waiting for the Melbourne Cup Carnival’s $1 million Group 1 Patinack Farm Classic (1200m) on November 10.

“I was thinking about the Manikato thought that’s a high goal for a second run,” he said.

“She’s a multiple Group 2 winner now so the obvious next step is a Group 1.

“But at the same time you have to be realistic.

“Hopefully there is a Group 1 in her.

“(The Manikato) would seem better for her than the Patinack.”

Avdulla agreed that the Manikato is the right next start for Arinosa and that if they lost they would “go down swinging”.

“She surprises me every time,” he said.

“She’s been my little superstar for the last year and a half…I’m just going along for the ride and if she can win a Group 1 that would be ideal.

“The Manikato is the next logical step for her.

“I’m sure she’ll get around the Valley…it’s suited for those fast running swoopers.”

Check out the full Premiere Stakes 2013 results below then head over to Ladbrokes.com.au and open your account with the country’s ace bookie to back Arinosa next race in the Manikato!

2013 Premiere Stakes Results & Finishing Order

Randwick Race 8 – 05/10/2013

Place No. Horse Trainer Jockey Margin Br. Wgt. SP
1 13 ARINOSA Chris Waller Brenton Avdulla 7 56.5kg $3.40F
2 15 DYSTOPIA Chris Waller Hugh Bowman 0.1L 1 56.5kg $21
3 9 FAMOUS SEAMUS (NZ) Noel Mayfield-Smith Tim Clark 0.3L 15 58.5kg $14
4 2 PINWHEEL Peter Snowden Joshua Parr 0.4L 6 58.5kg $15
5 14 SHE’S CLEAN Chris Waller Jason Collett 0.5L 11 56.5kg $11
6 12 KNIGHT EXEMPLAR Gai Waterhouse Tommy Berry 0.6L 9 58.5kg $31
7 3 DECISION TIME Clarry Conners Blake Shinn 2.1L 5 58.5kg $10
8 10 HIDDEN WARRIOR Paul Perry Jim Cassidy 2.5L 2 58.5kg $8
9 4 MANAWANUI Ron Leemon Brad Rawiller 2.9L 12 58.5kg $61
10 8 TIGER TEES (NZ) Joseph Pride Christian Reith 4.3L 10 58.5kg $18
11 5 MIC MAC Paul Messara Nathan Berry 4.5L 4 58.5kg $61
12 7 RAREFIED Peter Snowden Kerrin McEvoy 5.2L 3 58.5kg $12
13 11 LIMES Peter Snowden Stephen Baster 6.1L 8 58.5kg $26
14 1 HAY LIST John McNair Glyn Schofield 9.2L 13 58.5kg $21
15 6 NEESON Michael, Wayne & John Hawkes James McDonald 10.6L 14 58.5kg $11
16 SINGLE STYLE (NZ) Gary Portelli Peter Robl 0