Chris Waller trio Japonisme, Delectation and Counterattack fire ahead of Doomben test

Chris Waller trio JAPONISME, DELECTATION and COUNTERATTACK added some star power to last Friday morning’s Randwick trials and all came through in flying colours ahead of their big Group 1 test at Doomben in the BTC Cup set down for this weekend.

Speaking of colours, it was the cerise clad Japonisme that who won Heat 4 over the 1050m beating his aforementioned stablemate Counterattack by 1.3-lens.

Japonisme’s effort was undoubtedly a strong one but take nothing away from the runner-up, a case could be made that he went just a fraction better than his Coolmore Stud Stakes winning companion but not by much – both were outstanding on the day.

So too Delectation who won Heat 7 over the same trip by a margin of 1.5-lens.

Times are not the be all and end all but it is worth bearing in mind that Japonisme ran a very slick 1:02.3s against Delectation’s 1:05.20.

Closest to Delectation at the end was TARGET IN SIGHT, who predictably was last of the six in running but finished off powerfully over the final 200m. – The Daily Telegraph