Leading Sydney trainer Chris Waller may have bypassed Saturday’s Doomben 10,000 with Arinosa but his focus remains firmly fixed on picking up a Group 1 with the consistent mare this winter.
Waller toyed with the decision to catapult the in-form galloper into Group 1 company this weekend but will instead give her a Stradbroke Handicap lead-up in the Group 3 Glenlogan Park Stakes.
Arinosa is a $2.10 favourite for the Glenlogan which is the first of a three-start winter campaign that will culminate in the Group 1 Tattersall’s Tiara at Eagle Farm on June 22.
“The plan for her is to try and win a Group 1,” Waller said on his website.
“The Stradbroke is a race we definitely want to run in, obviously for the prizemoney and the Group 1 status.
“We’ve purposely left the Doomben 10,000 to try and give her an easier run into the Stradbroke and the Tattersall’s Tiara.”
Waller is confident the five-year-old can pick up where she left off after a Sydney autumn campaign that included a dominant 4 1/2 length win in the Group 3 Sapphire Stakes.
“She’s going great. Obviously a model of consistency is her form,” he said.
“She’s worked very well, freshened up nicely and had a trial just to keep her up to the mark.”
Arinosa forms part of a strong Waller-trained team in Brisbane on Saturday who will be out to follow the success of last weekend’s Doomben Cup winner Beaten Up.
Veteran gelding Rangirangdoo will fly the flag for Waller in the Doomben 10,000 and is rated a $21 chance.
Also stepping out for the top Sydney trainer are juveniles Zoustar and Vilanova in the BRC Sires’ Produce Stakes, imported stayer Studio in the Premier’s Cup and Queensland Derby fancy Hawkspur in the Grand Prix Stakes.