Honor In War to be Aimed at Doncaster

30 03 2008


(SYNDNEY, AUSTRALIA) – Chris Waller has opted to bypass Saturday’s Ranvet Stakes with Honor In War to concentrate on a Doncaster Handicap assault.

The Rosehill trainer said he was yet to decide what path the nine-year-old would take to the Randwick feature mile, run on April 26, but confirmed it would not include Saturday’s 1900m race.

“We’re going to leave the Ranvet and have a crack at the Doncaster,” Waller said.

“With Racing To Win definitely not running it opens the race right up.

“Now we just have to hope they don’t pay up for Weekend Hussler.”

Racing To Win was not among first declarations for the Doncaster last week as his trainer John O’Shea was unhappy with his 60.5kg topweight.

Ross McDonald, trainer of Saturday’s Randwick Guineas winner Weekend Hussler is yet to decide whether his star three-year-old will line up.

Weekend Hussler’s last gasp victory denied Waller his first Group One with Triple Honour who went down in a photo finish that had many fooled.

Honor In War is a Group One winner in South America but his most significant victory since coming to Australia almost 18 months ago has been his Group Two Villiers Hcp triumph in January.

That came in the stewards room after Takeover Target was first past the post before losing the race on protest.

Honor In War was unlucky in the Chipping Norton Stakes last start when he was pole-axed entering the home straight, although Waller said he had taken no harm from the incident.

“Darren Beadman thought he was on the winner on the corner,” Waller said.

“But you can’t dwell on these things. He pulled up well and he’s as good as gold.”

Waller’s team of runners have been in stellar form of late and the news only got better for him last week when he was appointed as the new trainer for Bob Ingham.

Just days earlier, Ingham stunned the racing world by announcing he was selling his entire Woodlands Stud breeding and racing operation to Darley for a reported $500 million.

As part of the deal, Ingham’s retained trainer Peter Snowden will continue to prepare the Crown Lodge team at Warwick Farm for Darley which is owned by Dubai’s ruler Sheikh Mohammed bin Rashid Al Maktoum.

However, Ingham isn’t getting out of the industry all together and will continue to race a small team of horses which Waller will train.