Waller Eyeing 2014 Caulfield Cup for Who Shot Thebarman

October 10th, 2014

Returning to racing in exceptional form this time in, trainer Chris Waller has revealed he is eyeing a berth in the featured Group 1 Caulfield Cup (2400m) on October 18th for classy import Who Shot Thebarman ahead of his major target, the Melbourne Cup.

Trainer Chris Waller is considering a 2014 Caulfield Cup berth for Who Shot Thebarman. Photo: Race Horse Photos Australia

Trainer Chris Waller is considering a 2014 Caulfield Cup berth for Who Shot Thebarman. Photo: Race Horse Photos Australia

Securing a commendable total of eight wins and two minor places from just 14 competitive starts so far, Who Shot Thebarman began his racing career under the guidance of kiwi trainer Mark Oulaghan before transferring to the care of Waller partway through autumn.

Thrilled with the Yamanin Vital gelding’s performances in his last two appearances on track, Waller conceded Who Shot Thebarman may not win the 2014 Caulfield Cup, but is more than capable of laying a great account for himself and gaining priceless form leading into the Race that Stops a Nation.

“I am very keen to run him there if I can,” Waller told Sky Racing HQ.

“I think that it is the perfect lead-up for the Melbourne Cup.

“I don’t think that he could win a Caulfield Cup, but he will certainly be the horse that can stay the two miles for the Caulfield Cup.

“He hasn’t had cover in his last two starts, he has been three wide the majority of the way without cover and still won very well.

“He is certainly a chance, but two miles is really what he is looking for and I think that the Caulfield Cup will be the perfect build-up race for the Melbourne Cup.”

Undoubtedly finding career-best form this year, Who Shot Thebarman finished a close second in the Group 3 Manawatu Cup (2300m) on December 21st before claiming back-to-back wins in the Group 2 Avondale Gold Cup (2400m) and featured Group 1 Auckland Cup (3200m) on March 5th.

While unable to figure in contention when ninth in the Group 1 Sydney Cup (3200m) in his first Australian appearance on April 19th, the gelding out of Ears Carol finished fourteenth in the Canterbury Hurlstone RSL Handicap (1400m) first-up before strengthening for seventh in the Listed Premier’s Cup (1800m) and winning both the Sofitel Girls’ Day Out Handicap (2200m) and Listed Bart Cummings (2520m) most recently.

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