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Waller Banking On Numbers In Doomben Cup Defence
Saddling up five runners in last year's Gr1 Doomben Cup (2000m), and recording the one-two finish with Comin' Through (Fastnet Rock) and Egg Tart (Sebring), trainer Chris Waller will again send out five runners in this year's $700,000 race including last start Gr2 Hollindale Stakes winner Life Less Ordinary (Thewayyouare) who was one of Waller's runners last year, finishing in sixth position. Current markets have the Rosehill trainer's Queensland Oaks winner Youngstar (High Chaparral) as the leading chance, with another of his mares, the Gr1 winner Shillelagh (Savabeel) also high up in the betting. "Youngstar and Shillelagh are our best chances on a good track," said Waller's Gold Coast foreman, Paul Shailer to racing.com. Achieving three previous winners of the race, two of those being quinellas, Waller is aiming to join the Freedman stable as the leading trainers of the race if he can record success on Saturday. One trainer aiming to halt Waller's domination is Kris Lees who has three in the final field with another as the first emergency. Third in last week's Listed Newington Farm Members' Handicap (1600m), 3YO Your Song colt Gem Song is the leading contender from the Newcastle stable. Having never raced beyond 1600m, nor at Gr1 level in his ten starts to date, the Gooree-bred and raced colt is yet to finish further back than fifth and deserves his chance at the elite level.