Sky High Stakes 2015: Waller runners to face test

Posted by on 12/3/2015
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Five stayers from the Chris Waller yard face their first serious Sydney autumn carnival test in Saturday’s Sky High Stakes at Rosehill.

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Among Waller’s quintet will be New Zealand import and Melbourne Cup placegetter Who Shot Thebarman, three ex-European stayers headed by Opinion and a Derby winner in Hawkspur.

They all rise to a winnable distance range for the first time this preparation as they continue towards target races during the Sydney carnival.

“It’s a nice race for all of them to find some form,” Waller said.

“Opinion and Who Shot Thebarman are obviously on Sydney Cup paths and their first-up runs were terrific.

“Junoob and Hawkspur were disappointing second-up, so third-up it’s a race they can find a bit of form in.

“Beaten Up went no good in Melbourne and we’ve brought him back home hoping he can race better right-handed which he always does.”

Who Shot Thebarman and Opinion were competitive over an unsuitable 1600-metre journey in the Chipping Norton Stakes and are proven over 2000m.

They are both being aimed at The BMW at Rosehill in two weeks and the Sydney Cup a fortnight later for which Who Shot TheBarman is the favourite.

Chipping Norton Stakes runner-up Hartnell is the $1.80 favourite for the Sky High after Godolphin opted not to pay up for the Australian Cup due to the likelihood of a firm track at Flemington.

Who Shot Thebarman is a $5 second pick with Opinion at $17.


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