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Following the Sydney trials at Rosehill on Tuesday trainer Chris Waller is plotting the new season campaigns of his stars including Foreteller who is Doomben Cup 2015 bound in Brisbane mid-year.
The headline trial runner for the stable was triple Group 1 champion Boban who will defend his title in Warwick Farm’s Chipping Norton Stakes in late February before being turned out ahead of a Brisbane Winter Racing Carnival campaign.
Boban will target the Doomben 10,000 and will be joined in the Sunshine State by fellow Group 1 winning stablemate Foreteller.
A veteran eight-year-old, Dansili gelding Foreteller was last seen in the winner’s stall at Caulfield in September last year when he narrowly beat home Happy Trails in the Group 1 Underwood Stakes (1800m).
That was his third elite level trophy following wins in the 2013 Ranvet Stakes at Rosehill and Melbourne’s Makybe Diva Stakes that September over the Flemington mile.
Last autumn Foreteller ran third to Fiorente three runs into his preparation when beaten under a length in the Group 1 Australian Cup (2000m).
He then went on to finish at the tail of the field for the Ravent Stakes when eighth in his disappointing title defense and ninth when failing to beat home any of his rivals in The BMW before being turned out to the paddock.
The previous year however he was only freshened-up after running first (Ranvet) and fifth (BMW) in those same two races before Waller travelled him to Queensland.
There he ran in the second in both the Group 2 AD Hollindale Stakes (1800m) and the Group 1 Doomben Cup (2000m), which are again on the agenda in 2015.
This year’s $300,000 Hollindale runs at the Gold Coast on May 3 followed only six days later by the $650,000 Doomben Cup, also run under weight-for-age conditions, at Doomben Racecourse.
Waller will also run him in the $500,000 Group 1 Ranvet Stakes (2000m) at Rosehill Gardens for the third year on the trot, the race running on March 21.
Ahead of his return in Sydney Foreteller had a 900 hit-out on Tuesday and ran fifth behind the Hawkes-trained winner Cleansing Ale and ran “super” according to his trainer.
Other notable trial runners for the stable included his The Metropolitan winner Opinion (6th) who will run in the $2 million Group 1 The BMW (2400m) on April 4 heading towards the $1.6 million Group 1 Sydney Cup over the two miles a week later, and his Thousand Guineas winner Amicus who has the $175,000 Group 2 Light Fingers Stakes (1200m) on February 14 on the agenda.
Amicus ran fifth in her 900m jump-out for three-year-old fillies finishing one back from stablemate Winx who was last seen running second to First Seal in the Group 1 Flight Stakes (1600m) at Randwick in early October.
Winner of the Group 2 Furious Stakes (1200m) in the wet at that same track a month before the Flight Stakes, Street Cry filly Winx is being aimed towards the $150,000 Group 3 Kevin Hayes Stakes (1200m) at Caulfield on CF Orr Stakes Day the same day Amicus runs in Sydney.
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