Waller Quinellas Marrickville Handicap

23 10 2010

By Racing & Sports

(SYDNEY, AUSTRALIA) – The Cincotta Chemist Marrickville Handicap saw a thrilling finish between the Chris Waller pair Gigino and Alexander Of Hales over the 2000m journey.

The heavily backed favourite, the improving Gigino, sat second in the run and loomed up to his stablemate in the straight but required all of Brenton Avdulla’s strength to lift him over the line over the longshot who refused to let the eventual winner go past him until the final bob on the line.

Gigino, who has won five of his last six starts, has been one of the most improved horses in Sydney this campaign after coming back from a serious injury.

“He’s done a great job,” Waller said. “Full credit to my staff who have brought him back from a career threatening injury in a tendon.

“And it was a great run by the runner-up. I don’t know what happened to Alexander of Hales first-up but he’ll be hard to beat next time.”

Waller has now extended his winning streak to 14 consecutive Rosehill meetings with a victory.

The pair would now look to go in different directions as the Kiwi trainer has targeted the staying Alexander of Hales for more distance leading to the Group 3 Summer Cup on Boxing Day, and Gigino looks to be more effective at at 2000m.