Alexander of Hales Held Back

22 06 2009


(SYDNEY, AUSTRALIA) – Trainer Chris Waller will wait until later in the week to decide whether Alexander Of Hales travels from Sydney to Queensland for the Caloundra Cup.

Alexander Of Hales has also been entered for Saturday’s Winter Cup on his home track at Rosehill.

Both races are over 2400 metres but rain in Sydney over the past week means Rosehill is still likely to be soft.

There were 19 entries for the Caloundra Cup including Phaze Action, winner of the Andrew Ramsden (3200m) at Flemington last month.

Phaze Action is trained in partnership by Bevan Laming and his son Richard who operate stables on the Gold Coast and at Cranbourne in Victoria.

The Queensland Cup on Saturday week is also on the agenda for Phaze Action.

The feature sprint at Saturday’s Sunshine Coast meeting has been renamed the Bruce McLachlan Memorial Glasshouse Handicap (1400m) after the champion trainer who died earlier this month.

There were 31 entries for the Glasshouse including In Rehearsal from the McLachlan stable, now run by Bruce’s son Jason.

Grand campaigner Mitanni, who staved off retirement with his win in the Eye Liner Stakes at the Ipswich meeting, was also among the Glasshouse entries along with Mr Baritone, winner of the 2008 Stradbroke Handicap and fourth this year.

The Sunshine Coast Guineas (1600m) has attracted 29 entries including Apparitions and Dorf Command from the Clarry Conners stable.

Dorf Command won the Listed Gai Waterhouse (1450m) at Ipswich on June 13, the same day Apparitions booked her trip north with victory at Rosehill.

Dorf Command raced in Saturday’s Group One Winter Stakes finishing 14th, 4-1/4 lengths from the winner Russeting.