The Northern Territory news Thu 11 Jun 2020
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30 SPORT THURSDAY JUNE 11 2020 NTNE01Z01MA - V1 Waller out to repeat success with stayers MARK OBERHARDT CHAMPION trainer Chris Waller will be chasing his 30th Queensland feature staying race win with a strong hand at Eagle Farm. He trained the first six across the line in the Group 3 Chairmans Handicap at Doomben two weeks ago and could possibly do so again in the Group 3 Tattersalls Cup (2400m) on Saturday. Waller has seven accept ors in the race he won with Index Linked in 2016. He has Le Juge, Shraaoh, Yulong Prince, Black On Gold, Birnham Rocks, Another Dollar and Savacool lining up, although Yulong Prince has also accepted in the Listed Winter Cup at Rosehill on Saturday. Waller opened a Gold Coast stable three years ago and in that time has won 122 Queensland metropolitan races, with about 60 per cent of the victories secured in staying events. He has been a regular visitor to Queensland for the past decade and in that time his horses have won 17 individual feature distance races, including the Doomben Cup, Queensland Oaks, Queens land Derby, Rough Habit Plate, The Roses, Brisbane Cup, Queensland Cup and Magic Millions Trophy. Wallers Gold Coast stable manager Paul Shailer said Waller, who has 40 horses in his Gold Coast stables, put a lot of time into analysing the right races for his team. There are plenty of staying races for them in Queensland and Sydney and Chris has the knack of sending them in the right direction, Shailer said. Its a pretty easy trip the highway between Sydney and the Gold Coast so we can alternate the horses. Its an understatement to say Chris has plenty of overall success. But that is from hard work. Jockey Michael Cahill rides Le Juge to victory in the Chairman's Handicap at Doomben Picture: AAP IMAGE/SUPPLIED BY MICHAEL MCINALLY, RACING QUEENSLAND Baby back on track to make up for lost chance NATHAN EXELBY CLASSY mare Outback Barbie has come through her Stradbroke Handicap run well and will back up to give trainer Tony Gollan three runners in Saturdays Group 2 Dane Ripper Stakes. Outback Barbie has not run a place in six starts at Eagle Farm but ran one of her best Jim Byrne on Outback Barbie Picture: ANNETTE DEW BACCARAT Baby had to cool her heels last Saturday, but now gets her chance for a consolation prize in Saturdays Group 2 Dane Ripper Stakes (1400m) at Eagle Farm. Trainer David Vandyke had mixed feelings about Baccarat Baby missing a run in last Saturdays Stradbroke after she was made the first emergency. When I saw how firm the track was, part of me was glad she didnt go round, he said. But the other part of me knew that wed missed a chance of winning a Group 1. Baccarat Baby has not raced since May 15, where she was third in the Wayne Wilson Handicap (1600m). Shes got gate speed, barrier 10 is not ideal, but shes a quality mare and shes fairly well served at weight-for-age now, Vandyke said. Shes been carrying big weights against the boys, and coming back to her own sex and holding the same weight is a good result. Weve got to remember that last time she went round at the elite level against her own sex, she ran a credible sixth to Melody Belle in a Group 1. Vandyke is still waiting to learn of a hearing date for the Magic Millions Guineas swab irregularity for his star galloper Alligator Blood. The trainer is not making public comment on the matter until it has been heard by stewards, other than issuing a statement saying the substance in question, altrenogest, had not been used to his knowledge on any male horse in his stable. Alligator Blood is due back in Vandykes Sunshine Coast stables tomorrow. His main goal this spring is the Golden Eagle, while negotiations on securing a slot in The Everest before that race continue. The extended time off has done him the world of good and I cant see any reason why he wont come back a better horse, Vandyke said of the Australian Guineas winner. Speedy Outback Barbie heads trio of top hopes for Gollan in sprint races when sixth in the Group 1 Stradbroke last Saturday. She will join stablemates Shalwa and Krone in the Dane Ripper, which is run over 1400m, the same distance as the Stradbroke. The Dane Ripper is traditionally a lead-up race to the Tatts Tiara which, as the last Group 1 of the season, always attracts the elite fillies and mares. Racing Queenslands decision to scrap the Tatts Tiara along with five other Group 1 races has lifted the importance of the Dane Ripper as the final winter race for many fillies and mares. Gollan has always rated Outback Barbie a top stakes horse and likes her chances. Her run in the Stradbroke was very good as she ended up in the wrong part of the track, Gollan said. She was only beaten by 1 lengths and she was strong at the finish. I have been pleased with her since the Stradbroke and provided she continues to please me, she can run on Saturday. At the set weights conditions she meets a lot of these horses very nicely at the weights. After all, she has won $1.4 million. This is her chance to put the Eagle Farm hoodoo aside. Gollan was also upbeat about Shalwa, who ran the quinella in the Listed Helen Coughlan Stakes at Doomben two weeks ago. Krone was formerly trained in Melbourne by Mick Price. MARK OBERHARDT