Chances are punters will know plenty about Chris Waller’s armada in Saturday’s Premier’s Cup (1900m) but the Rosehill trainer will have ‘a bit of an unknown quantity’ among them on his home track.
Waller is set to saddle up three quarters of the field in the Group III test over 1900m at Rosehill with nine of the 12 acceptors from his powerhouse Sydney stable.
All bar The Metropolitan-bound Girl Tuesday – which would likely be the stable’s leading chance on a dry track – are expected to run after Rosehill was hammered by Thursday and overnight rain that resulted in a track downgrade to a heavy (8).
Among them is Western Australian new addition Come Play With Me.
The Blackfriars five-year-old is having his first start for Waller after enjoying a sensational career over in the West under the care of Adam Durrant.
Come Play With Me left Perth on the back of four consecutive city wins seven weeks ago and will look to add another picket to the fence in his first start for his new yard.
“He’s a bit of an unknown quantity,” Waller’s racing manager Charlie Duckworth said.
“The only concern is the fact that he has never raced the Sydney way and he took a little bit of adjusting in trackwork and his trials to get around the tracks.
“He is certainly a class horse and has proven that during his time (in Western Australia).”
Come Play With Me is a winner of 12 of 27 career starts in WA and will be ridden by James McDonald on Saturday.
Come Play With Me is on the third line of betting at $5.50 with TAB.com.au, with the Gai Waterhouse and Adrian Bott trained Wolfe ($3.10) holding favouritism.
Girl Tuesday ($4.80) remains the leading hope with the bookies for Waller while So You Win ($7) is the stable’s only other runner in single digits on Friday morning.
“Girl Tuesday won’t run if it’s too wet but she has returned in excellent form,” Duckworth said.
“It is a big jump up in distance but she’s going well.
“So You Win? It’s perfect for him at his home track and this distance.”
Sydney Cup champion Shraaoh ($41) may be the outsider of the field but a forward showing wouldn’t surprise connections at his first run since winning the 3200m Group I during the autumn.
“He did win stayer of the year last year for a reason,” Duckworth said.
“It is going to be a little bit short of his best but he obviously goes well fresh. He did win first-up last spring preparation at Flemington which is the hardest week of the year to be winning a race.”
“He can still put in a bold performance on Saturday.”
Here’s what Duckworth had to say about Waller’s remaining runners.
Carzoff – He obviously won his last start and travelled up to Sydney and trialled well last Friday. We just gave him a nice sort trial to keep his fitness levels up. He won a couple of the Country Cups last year so he is classy animal that’s in the right distance range.
Mohany Machine – He’s probably the dark horse in the race and this preparation he could take himself to a new level but obviously this is going to be hard for him.
Wu Gok – The rain has helped his chances. He’s hard fit and the wetter the better.
Savacool – She is slightly out of grade but if the race was to fall her way, she gets her chance to get some black type.
Dagny – She has had absolutely no luck her past few runs and has drawn the car park again so it’s not ideal but it is the last run of her career. She is off to the breeding barn so we are hopeful we can have one last go with her. – Racenet.com.au