Boban on Track for Memsie Stakes 2015 Return

Sydney’s ace trainer Chris Waller hopes following a tried-and-true method with his Doomben 10,000 winner Boban first-up this weekend will see the galloper score another Group 1 win this time in the 2015 Memsie Stakes in Melbourne.


Boban chases a fifth Group 1 title in the 2015 Memsie Stakes this weekend in Melbourne. Photo: Daniel Costello.

Waller has two chances set to line-up in the $400,000 Group 1 Memsie Stakes (1400m) at Caulfield Racecourse on Saturday with his smart French import Weary and returning Bernardini six-year-old Boban.

A winner of 10 of his 32 career starts to date, Boban scored his maiden elite level win in Sydney’s 2013 Spring Carnival taking out the Epsom Handicap over the Randwick mile two years back.

He also won the 2013 Emirates Stakes at Flemington that November, and returned last autumn to become a triple Group 1 champion with success over It’s A Dundeel in the Chipping Norton Stakes (1600m) at Warwick Farm.

Boban returned to the winner’s stall for the first time since then during the Brisbane Winter Racing Carnival this year taking out the Group 1 Doomben 10,000 (1350m), his fourth Group 1 success, before rounding out his prep with a second to Srikandi in the Group 1 Stradbroke Handicap (1350m) at Doomben on June 6.

Waller is keen to see Boban race first-up this Saturday in the Memsie, and is confident the $2.5 million earner can win another Group 1 following the same regime that saw him take out the Queensland elite level.

“It is a similar training program we used with Boban going to the Brisbane carnival,” Waller told AAP this week.

“A short break followed by two trials and then first-up over 1400 metres.

“It worked before so hopefully it works again.”

Weary meanwhile chases his first Group 1 win in the Memsie, the Astronomer Royal six-year-old having finished second in the highest level three times before when runner-up in the 2014 Doncaster Mile, All Aged Stakes and the Doomben Cup this winter just gone.

While Boban will have his regular Group 1 hoop Glyn Schofield in the saddle on Saturday, Weary’s Memsie Stakes jockey will be Melbourne’s Craig Newitt.

After his second to Pornichet, who returned with a nice second to Waller’s mare Royal Descent in the Group 2 Warwick Stakes (1400m) in Sydney last Saturday, in the Group 1 Doomben Cup (2000m) in May, Weary ran first-up at Randwick on August 8 when just beaten by Burbero in the Group 2 Missile Stakes (1200m).

It was a nice return for the four-time winner, and one Waller hopes he can build on in the Memsie this weekend.

“He is going well and deserves a Group One,” Waller said.

“He has come close before.”

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