Doomben Cup Tips - Waller duo set to dominate

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Shillelagh

Chris Waller has six horses in Saturday’s Group One Doomben Cup (2000m) and I’m expecting Shillelagh and Youngstar to fight out the finish. 

The seven-year-old mare Shillelagh is now seventh-up and has been going around since early February, when she contested the Group One Orr Stakes (1400m). Despite her long preparation, I’m confident she can produce a big run on Saturday. 

In her last run over 2000m on top of the ground, she all but beat Harlem in the Group 1 Australian Cup at Flemington. She then struggled on a heavy track in the Ranvet but performed better in the Doncaster Mile, hitting the line for fifth in a race that favoured on-speed runners. 

She then faced Winx and was beaten a long way but there is no shame in that. She has been given a 34-day freshen up and gets James McDonald on from barrier two.  

The other Waller runner which looks a big chance is Youngstar. She was only fair first-up in the All Aged Stakes and I thought she was sneaky good last start in the Hollindale Stakes (1800m) running fifth. 

She ran the fastest 600m-400m split of the race, then only the eighth-fastest 400m-200m before really hitting the line, running the second-fastest last 200m and the slow early speed didn’t help. 

Her last third-up run, she was beaten by a length behind Winx in the Group One Turnbull Stakes (2000m), My only concern is, does she have that platform to win off a 1400m run and a slowly run 1800m run. 

Although I don’t have him as short as the market does, I can understand why people are backing Gem Song. He is barrier one to barrier eight and R.Stewart to B.Shinn. He is on the seven-day back-up and comes through a high rating race that was 11.1 lengths above benchmark.

 In saying that, Gem Song beat a legless Group 3 field two starts ago and really hasn't done much to suggest he should be so short in this race.


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