Trainer Chris Waller is realistic about Foreteller’s chances in the Group 1 Makybe Diva Stakes (1600m) at Flemington tomorrow and does not believe that the imported six-year-old is good enough to be a major contender during the 2013 Spring Racing Carnival.
Foreteller performed well at the highest level of racing in Sydney and Brisbane earlier this year, winning the Group 1 Ranvet Stakes (2000m) before running second behind stablemate Beaten Up in the Group 1 Doomben Cup (2000m), and Waller is interested to see where he stacks up against the leading horses in Melbourne.
“We will just see where he fits in with the Melbourne horses in the early stages of the preparation,” Waller said on Racing Ahead.
“Although he has won a Ranvet, I am comfortable in saying that he is just one step below a genuine spring carnival horse.
“Hopefully he is forward enough to run well tomorrow.”
Waller has not decided on the path that Foreteller will take this campaign and said that he will reassess his options after the Dansili gelding competes against eight Group 1 winners as well as Melbourne Cup favourite Puissance De Lune this weekend.
“One reason for sending him down is that he is a very versatile horse,” the record-breaking trainer said.
“He ran in the Australian Cup and two weeks later he was back in Sydney and he won the Ranvet.
“I am a realist in that he is not quite up to the (Melbourne) spring horses but he can come back in two weeks’ time and run in the Hill Stakes or Craven Plate up here (in Sydney).
“If he runs in the first three tomorrow, he is obviously on track for the next tier of races like the Mackinnon.”
Waller-trained horses won at Group 1 level on nine occasions during the 2012/2013 racing season but he has not had a Group 1 winner in Melbourne since Albert The Fat won the Emirates Stakes (1600m) at Flemington in 2011.