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First four in Group Three race for Waller

Trainer Chris Waller has shown the strength of his team for the Group One Metropolitan with Libran leading in a stable first four.

First four in Group Three race for Waller

Trainer Chris Waller has shown the strength of his team for the Group One Metropolitan with Libran leading in a stable first four.

Trainer: CHRIS WALLER
Trainer: CHRIS WALLER Picture:Racing and Sports

Just to reinforce Winx Horseform isn't the only star in Chris Waller Horseform's stable, four of the trainer's staying prospects have filled the first four placings in the lead-up race to the Group One Metropolitan Handicap.

Libran Horseform ($26) came out on top in Saturday's Group Three Kingston Town Stakes (2000m) with Antonio Giuseppe Horseform ($5) second,Life Less Ordinary Horseform ($2.90 fav) third and veteran Who Shot Thebarman Horseform ($51) fourth.


With the hype of Winx's 20th straight win earlier in the afternoon behind him and struggling to find his voice after a bout of the flu, Waller said the four were all a vital part of his establishment.

"Wet tracks cost Libran in his last preparation so he just went missing in the autumn," Waller said.

"He's on good tracks now and ran a good race first-up.

"Antonio Giuseppe is on target but he was a bit soft the last 100 metres as was Life Less Ordinary.

"Who Shot Thebarman went outstanding. The old boy has still got a bit left in the tank yet.

"Horses like him are so important to racing and to our stable. We are proud as punch of him."

While the Metropolitan in two weeks is the obvious target, Waller said nine-year-old Who Shot Thebarman could be suited to the revamped St Leger (2600m) on Octber 14.

"That's an interesting race for a horse like him," he said.

The Leger will be run under set weights with penalties for horses which have won a Group One or Group Two race since January 2016, neither of which applies to Who Shot Thebarman whose last win was in the 2015 Zipping Classic.


AAP



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