Trainer Chris Waller is happy that Foreteller will go into the Group 1 Underwood Stakes (1800m) at Caulfield on Saturday as the underdog despite his impressive last start win in the Group 1 Makybe Diva Stakes (1600m).
Foreteller went into the Makybe Diva Stakes at Flemington a fortnight ago well down the betting at odds of $17, but was able to upset hot favourite Puissance De Lune to record a memorable victory, and is set to start tomorrows race at a similar price.
Waller told Racing Ahead that the two-time Group 1 winner had come out of the Makybe Diva Stakes in excellent condition and is ready to run another big race this weekend.
“He has come through it very well,” Waller said on RSN.
“He looks sensational.
“Third-up he should be ready to fire, 1800 is a good trip for him and he has won at Caulfield twice.
“To some degree we are going in as an underdog again, which suits me.”
The 2013 edition of the Underwood Stakes has drawn a star-studded field but there does not appear to be a great deal of speed in the race.
Normally for a backmarker, like Foreteller, that would be a killer blow to their chances but Waller believes that the lack of pace will actually be an advantage for the Dansili gelding.
“He has a great sprint and is more effective off a slow pace, which is quiet incredible,” Waller said.
“Those backmarkers, you think need plenty of speed up front but he is actually not like that at all.
“He prefers a casual pace and then he can really reel off some good sectionals.
“He will just sit back and have the last shot at them again.”
Waller is yet to decide on the ultimate 2013 Spring Racing Carnival target for Foreteller but the Group 1 Cox Plate (2040m) at Moonee Valley on October 26 and the Group 1 Mackinnon Stakes (2000m) at Flemington on November 2 are both on the agenda, while he has also been included in the entries for the Group 1 Caulfield Cup (2400m) and Group 1 Melbourne Cup (3200m).