Waller to decide between Doncaster Mile and Hong Kong

Leading Sydney trainer Chris Waller will wait until tomorrow morning to decide if his Group 1 winner Shoot Out takes his place in the  Group 1 $2m BMW Doncaster Mile (1600m) at Randwick or is keep for Hong Kong in two weeks.

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Shoot Out winning the Chipping Norton Stakes at Warwick Farm. Photo by Steve Hart.

With more rain expected for Sydney today and the prospect of a heavy track for Doncaster Mile day, Waller said that Shoot Out would bypass Randwick if the surface was extremely rain affected.

Multiple Group 1 winner Shoot Out along with Kiwi warhorse King Mufhasa were invited to represent Australasia in the Group 1 HK$12m Champions Mile (1600m) at Sha Tin on May 5.

“It was a privilege that Shoot Out was invited to race in Hong Kong and he would only go if he didn’t run tomorrow and he’d only not run if we got a heavy 10 track,” Waller said.

Shoot Out has been allocated 58kg topweight for the Doncaster Mile and even with that weight seems to be well treated compared to the short priced favourite Pierro.

A six year old with five Group 1 wins to his name, Shoot Out has only been asked to carry one kilo more than super star three year old Pierro who’s 57kg is half a kilo over weight for age.

Waller has Shoot Out performing at his best with a first up win in the Group 1 $350,000 Chipping Norton Stakes (1600m) at Warwick Farm on March 9 before running third to Pierro in the weight for age Group 1 $400,000 The Daily Telegraph George Ryder Stakes (1500m) at Rosehill on April 6.

“Shoot Out is going as well as ever and his draw is okay as it gives Hugh options,” Waller said.

While Pierro will get the run of the race from barrier four, Hugh Bowman will be able to position Shoot Out just worse than midfield, one off the fence and save him for one last run to the finishing line.

Waller will saddle up four runners if the track remains better than heavy and regards Shoot Out as his best chance over veteran Danleigh, his consistent mare Red Tracer and three year old Sacred Falls.

“He is probably out leading hope, he’s still in his prime and has had a perfect prep coming off the George Ryder which is always a good pointer to the Doncaster,” Waller said.

“We have a little weight advantage over Pierro but it is always hard to win the Doncaster with the topweight.”

Waller said he would be surprised if nine year old Danleigh could get away with it while the leading trainer knows that Red Tracer has the job ahead after drawing the outside alley, even though she is a gem on wet tracks.

And Waller feels that former New Zealand three year old Sacred Falls is a lightweight chance coming back 2000m after finishing second albeit by six and three quarter lengths, to It’s A Dundeel in the Group 1 $500,000 M. J. Bale Rosehill Guineas (2000m) at Rosehill on March 30.

The Gai Waterhouse trained Pierro is the $2.50 favourite ahead of the Bart Cummings’ Group 1 winning filly Norzita at $8.50.

Shoot Out is the best of the Waller runners in the market at $14 with Red Tracer at $26, Sacred Falls at $41 and Danleigh the longest priced of the four at $51.

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Mark Mazzaglia

Mark is a passionate journalist with a life-time involvement in the racing industry. He spent many years as an analyst and form expert at the Courier Mail and also has hands-on experience working with some of Queensland’s top trainers.

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