2018

Who Shot Thebarman Wins Gr1 Sydney Cup

Monday, 16th April 2018

On day two of The Championships at Royal Randwick, deceased former White Robe Lodge stallion Yamanin Vital (Sir Tristram-She Might Hula, by Caucasus) celebrated an elite race success when 9YO New Zealand-bred gelding Who Shot Thebarman (Yamanin Vital-Ears Carol, by Carolingian) turned back the clock to produce a sterling performance and win the $2 million Gr1 Sydney Cup (3200m) for 3YO+, defeating Zacada & Sir Charles Road. Who Shot Thebarman, who is owned by New Zealand-based siblings Dan, Humphrey, Michael and Shaun O'Leary, improved his record to 11 wins (including the Gr1 Auckland Cup, Gr2 Zipping Classic, Gr2 Moonee Valley Gold Cup & Gr2 Avondale Cup) and 11 placings (including the Gr1 Melbourne Cup & Gr1 Sydney Cup) from 51 starts for $4,655,586 in earnings. "He's been such a frustrating horse because he's run so many great seconds and thirds in Sydney Cups and Melbourne Cups," trainer Chris Waller said of the evergreen stayer. "He's given us one hell of a ride. He's nine years old and if Winx is not a pretty good advertisement on how to look after a horse I think Thebarman takes the cake. That's the best he's looked today as a nine-year-old." There was drama before the race when Japanese raider Prestwick was a late withdrawal due to veterinary advice.

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Who Shot Thebarman (image: Steve Hart)

Almandin Wins Gr1 Tancred Stakes

Tuesday, 3rd April 2018

The Lloyd Williams-owned Almandin (Monsun-Anatola, by Tiger Hill) returned to his brilliant best when outstaying his rivals in the $500,000 Gr1 Tancred Stakes (2400m) at Rosehill Gardens on Saturday. The 2016 Melbourne Cup winner proved too strong for his rivals in the time-honoured weight-for-age feature, defeating Japanese import Ambitious & Who Shot Thebarman by 1.3 lengths. The 8YO German-bred gelding is now the $3.50 TAB favourite for the $2 million Gr1 Sydney Cup (3200m) at Royal Randwick on 14 April. "It's pleasing to get back on him. He was in great shape today and it's good to see him bounce back at the top level," said Kerrin McEvoy, who was reunited with Almandin for the first time since guiding him to his Melbourne Cup success. "He travelled a bit more forward than I thought we might be but he travelled really well and he was strong at the end of the 2400 metres today." Almandin advanced his record to 7 wins (including the Gr1 Melbourne Cup, Gr2 Grosser Preis der Badischen Unternehmer, Gr3 Bart Cummings Handicap & Listed Japan Racing Association Trophy) and 7 placings from 20 starts for $5,301,091 in earnings.

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Almandin (image: Steve Hart)

2017

Who Shot Thebarman Wins Gr2 Moonee Valley Gold Cup

Monday, 30th October 2017

At Moonee Valley in Melbourne, deceased former White Robe Lodge stallion Yamanin Vital (Sir Tristram-She Might Hula, by Caucasus) added a Group race success when 9YO New Zealand-bred gelding Who Shot Thebarman (Yamanin Vital-Ears Carol, by Carolingian) posted his first win almost two years when saluting in the $300,000 Gr2 Moonee Valley Gold Cup (2500m) for 3YO+, defeating Libran & Cismontane. Who Shot Thebarman, who is owned by New Zealand-based siblings Dan, Humphrey, Michael and Shaun O'Leary, improved his record to 10 wins (including the Gr1 Auckland Cup, Gr2 Zipping Classic & Gr2 Avondale Cup) and 10 placings (including the Gr1 Melbourne Cup & Gr1 Sydney Cup) from 47 starts for NZ$3,180,711 in earnings. Who Shot Thebarman will now line up for his fourth Melbourne Cup at Flemington on Tuesday, 7 November. However, he will have to defy history as no 9YO has ever won Australia's most famous race. "You'll see him on the first Tuesday on November," trainer Chris Waller told racing.com. "He's been in the race three times…It's not just about winning the Melbourne Cup, it's about being a part of the event and it's very hard to deny owners that opportunity when they buy these horses, look after them for so long and dream like we're all entitled to."

Winx to Trial This Morning

Monday, 24th July 2017

Champion mare Winx (Street Cry-Vegas Showgirl, by Al Akbar) will make the first public appearance of her spring preparation when she barrier trials at Randwick this morning. Winx will contest heat one over 900m at 8.45am this morning. She will be joined in the trial by Gr1 Coolmore Legacy Stakes winner and stable-mate Foxplay, along with other Chris Waller trainees Antonio Giuseppe, Comin’ Through, Tom Melbourne, Who Shot Thebarman, Gr2 winning colts Diamond Tathagata & Souchez. Winx, a recent inductee into the Australian Racing Hall of Fame, is preparing for an historic spring campaign in which she will attempt to join the legendary Kingston Town as the only horse to win three Cox Plates. Click here to view all today’s Randwick barrier trial information.

Auckland Cup Aim for Smart Mare

Tuesday, 13th June 2017

Allan Sharrock is predicting progressive staying mare Ladies First can graduate to Group One company in the future, reports NZ Racing Desk. “Long-term, the Auckland Cup will be the main aim and we’ll work back from there to see which races will be suitable for her,” the Taranaki trainer said. Ladies First (Dylan Thomas-Just Polite, by Dehere) has come a long way in a short time and following her easy 3.8 length win in the Listed Wanganui Cup she has been spelled at the property of owners Humphrey and Fiona O’Leary. The couple have already tasted Gr1 Auckland Cup success as part-owners of Who Shot Thebarman who was successful in 2014. “She’s got a rug on her back in a 25-acre paddock in the Whangaehu Valley,” said Sharrock, who was also a Cup winner in 2012 with Shez Sinsational. “I’d envisage her having a couple of months off and there are plenty of options for her, but I would love to give her one run right-handed at Ellerslie. That will give her a look around there before the Cup.” He added: “She’s a serious racehorse. She’s won six out of 10 starts and two at Listed level already.”

Fourth Melbourne Cup for Barman

Wednesday, 3rd May 2017

Talented New Zealand-bred and owned stayer Who Shot Thebarman will once again target the Melbourne Cup (3200m) in the spring, reports NZ Racing Desk. Who Shot Thebarman boasts an outstanding record over the two-mile journey, one which he recently added to with his gallant second in the Gr1 Sydney Cup. The Chris Waller-trained 8YO was narrowly denied (beaten 0.2 length) in the $2 million staying feature by Godolphin's English visitor Polarisation, who was in receipt of five and a half kilos. "If you squared up the weights our bloke would have won easily," said part-owner Dan O'Leary. "He'll be spelled now and we'll be looking at Melbourne in the spring again." O'Leary added: "It will probably be similar to last year and target the Moonee Valley Cup and then flow into the Melbourne Cup. He's still competitive at the top level." Who Shot Thebarman has contested three Melbourne Cups, finishing third in 2014, unplaced in 2015 and fifth last year. He is already a Gr1 winner over 3200 metres having claimed the Auckland Cup in 2014.

Polarisation Wins Gr1 Sydney Cup

Monday, 24th April 2017

Godolphin's UK-based trainer Charlie Appleby celebrated his first Gr1 success in Australia when 5YO UK-bred gelding Polarisation (Echo of Light-Concordia, by Pivotal) outstayed his rivals to claim the $2 million Sydney Cup (3200m) at Royal Randwick on Saturday. First past the post when the time-honoured staying feature was declared a no-race two weeks ago, Polarisation benefitted from the frantic pace set by 3YO filly Lasqueti Spirit to score by 0.2 length over 8YO NZ-bred gelding Who Shot Thebarman & 5YO Irish-bred gelding and race favourite Big Duke. This was the first stakes victory for Polarisation who advanced his record to 6 wins and 9 placings from 24 starts for $1,598,995 earnings. "It's been a fantastic team effort to achieve the results we have in Australia," assistant trainer James Ferguson told Godolphin.com. "We've been well looked after. It's just made it all worthwhile and I'm absolutely delighted and so pleased for Sheikh Mohammed, Dubai and Godolphin." Ferguson added: "Fortunately, things have finally gone right for Polarisation who showed he is a very good, courageous stayer to come out and win a couple of two mile races only two weeks apart." Ferguson said Polarisation would be aimed at the Melbourne Cup later in the year.

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Polarisation (image: Steve Hart)

Significant Pedigree Updates in South Island Sale

Thursday, 20th April 2017

Recent race results have provided numerous significant pedigree updates for New Zealand Bloodstock's South Island Sale, which will be held at the Riding for the Disabled Building at the Canterbury Agricultural Park in Christchurch on 21 April. Lot 5 is closely related to Melody Belle (Commands), who won the Karaka Million earlier in the year and has since won the Gr1 Manawatu Sires' Produce Stakes. Several other yearlings are related to recent Group 1 placegetters:

  • Lot 29 is a half-sister to the top stayer Who Shot Thebarman (Yamanin Vital), who added a fourth placing in the Gr1 the BMW to his long list of achievements.
  • Lots 45 and 61 are both from the family of Gr3 Magic Night Stakes winner Tulip (Pierro), who won the Gr3 Magic Night Stakes and was third in the Gr1 Golden Slipper, and Hi Happy (Pure Prize) who ran fourth in the Gr1 Santa Anita Handicap.
  • Lot 61 comes from the family of Gr1 winner I Am A Star (I Am Invincible), who has recently added the victories in the Gr2 Kewney Stakes and Gr2 Sunline Stakes to her CV.
  • Lots 73 and 104 are closely related to Dixie Blossoms (Street Sense), who finished third in the Gr1 Coolmore Legacy Stakes (formerly Queen of the Turf Stakes) during The Championships at Randwick.
  • Lots 98, 99 and 100 are all related to Sircconi (Nicconi), winner of the Gr2 VRC Sires' Produce Stakes and fourth in the Gr1 ATC Sires' Produce Stakes.

There are many other pedigree updates involving Gr2, Gr3 and Listed races. Click here to view NZB's full news article with pedigree updates. The South Island Session of the National Yearling Sales Series will be the last opportunity in 2017 to secure a yearling eligible to enter the lucrative Karaka Million Series, including the $1m Karaka Million in 2018, the $1m Karaka Million 3YO Classic in 2019, and the $100,000 Karaka Stayers Cup for the duration of their racing careers. Click here to view the catalogue.

Kiwi Stayer Lining Up for Fourth Cup

Friday, 7th April 2017

Who Shot Thebarman will continue his remarkable record over the marathon flat trip when the New Zealand-bred and owned stayer contests tomorrow's $2 million Gr1 Sydney Cup (3200m) at Royal Randwick in Sydney, reports NZ Racing Desk. It will be the durable gelding's fourth appearance in the Randwick feature having finished unplaced in his first attempt in 2014, runner-up in 2015 and fourth 12 months ago. Who Shot Thebarman has also run in three Melbourne Cups, with his best performances being a third in 2014 and a fifth last year. His crowning two-mile achievement was his victory in the Gr1 Auckland Cup in 2014. "To be having his eighth two mile run is really something," part-owner Dan O'Leary said. "Not many horses can compete like he can." Trained by Mark Oulaghan for his first two 3200 metre appearances, Who Shot Thebarman has since been in the Sydney stable of Chris Waller. "He's pretty happy with the horse and everything has gone to plan," O'Leary said. "I was there for the BMW and I thought it was a very good run." After a first-up third in the Gr1 Chipping Norton Stakes and sixth in the Gr3 Sky High Stakes, Who Shot Thebarman then rounded out his preparation with a fourth in the Gr1 The BMW over 2400m. "It would be good if the track dries a bit during the week, it would improve his chances," O'Leary said.

Our Ivanhowe Heads Gr1 The BMW Nominations

Tuesday, 21st March 2017

Fourteen horses have been nominated for the $1.5 million Gr1 The BMW (2400m) at Rosehill on Saturday. The Lee & Anthony Freedman-trained Our Ivanhowe is the highest rated horse in the race and is set to back up after an impressive first-up win in the Gr1 Ranvet Stakes (2000m) last Saturday. Some of the other notable entries are Caulfield Cup winner Jameka, Australian Cup winner Humidor, Australian Cup third and stable-mate of Our Ivanhowe Exospheric, Who Shot Thebarman, and last start Gr3 Sky High Stakes winner and Australian Derby Tavago. VRC Oaks winner Lasqueti Spirit and Victoria Derby winner Prized Icon are the only 3YOs entered for the race. Click here to view all the nominations for Rosehill on Saturday.

Winx Wins Gr1 Chipping Norton Stakes

Monday, 27th February 2017

At Royal Randwick in Sydney, Darley's deceased shuttler & Gr1 Dubai World Cup winner Street Cry (Machiavellian-Helen Street, by Troy) celebrated an elite success when his champion 5YO daughter Winx (Street Cry-Vegas Showgirl, by Al Akbar) scored by 2 lengths for trainer Chris Waller and jockey Hugh Bowman in the $600,000 Gr1 Chipping Norton Stakes (1600m) for 3YO+, over 3YO filly Lasqueti Spirit (Beneteau-Supriym Story, by General Nediym) & 8YO gelding and stable-mate Who Shot Thebarman (Yamanin Vital-Ears Carol, by Carolingian). Winx showed yet again why she is rated the world's best turf horse by posting her 15th consecutive victory and her 10th at Gr1 level to advance her incredible record to 19 wins (including the Gr1 Cox Plate - twice, Gr1 Caulfield Stakes, Gr1 George Main Stakes, Gr1 Doncaster Mile, Gr1 George Ryder Stakes, Gr1 Chipping Norton, Gr1 Epsom Handicap, Gr1 Queensland Oaks, Gr1 Warwick Stakes, Gr2 Apollo Stakes - twice, Gr2 Theo Marks Stakes, Gr2 Phar Lap Stakes & Gr2 Furious Stakes) and 3 placings (including the Gr1 Australian Oaks & Gr1 Flight Stakes) from 25 starts for $9,846,925 earnings. From the dual stakes-winning New Zealand mare Vegas Showgirl, Winx was a $230,000 purchase by Magic Bloodstock at the 2013 Magic Millions Gold Coast Yearling Sale from the draft of Coolmore Stud. Sydney's wet weather presented Chris Waller with a dilemma before the race, with the champion trainer admitting he very nearly scratched Winx because of the water logged track. "When I went and walked the track, I knew the track was safe which was the most important thing," Waller told Sky Racing. "I am so proud of her. She is a beautiful mare." Winx is scheduled to have her next run in the Gr1 George Ryder Stakes (1500m) at Rosehill on 18 March, before ending her campaign in the showpiece event of The Championships - the $4 million Gr1 Queen Elizabeth Stakes (2000m) at Randwick on 8 April.

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Wonderful Winx (image: Steve Hart)

Gr1 Chipping Norton Final Field & Barriers

Thursday, 23rd February 2017

The final field has been declared and the barrier draw conducted for the $600,000 weight-for-age Gr1 Chipping Norton Stakes (1600m) to be run at Royal Randwick this Saturday. The highest rated horse in the race is champion mare Winx (Street Cry-Vegas Showgirl, by Al Akbar) who will be seeking her 15th consecutive victory, and her 11th at the elite level, after resuming with a typically brilliant win in the Gr2 Apollo Stakes (1400m) two weeks ago. The world's best turf horse has drawn perfectly in barrier four and is the $1.10 favourite for the race. The only other horse under double-figure odds is Winx's arch rival and Apollo Stakes runner-up Hartnell ($8) who has drawn wide in barrier ten, while Apollo Stakes third Endless Drama is next best at $15 (barrier 7). Remarkably, such is Winx's dominance, every other runner is $51 or longer. The final field is:

1. HARTNELL (John O'Shea-Brenton Avdulla) 59kg (10)

2. PREFERMENT (Chris Waller-Joshua Parr) 59kg (8)

3. GRAND MARSHAL (Chris Waller-Jason Collett) 59kg (5)

4. WHO SHOT THEBARMAN (Chris Waller-Tim Clark) 59kg (1)

5. LIBRAN (Chris Waller-Glyn Schofield) 59kg (3)

6. MAGIC HURRICANE (John O'Shea-Christian Reith) 59kg (2)

7. TAVAGO (Trent Busuttin & Natalie Young-Tommy Berry) 59kg (6)

8. ENDLESS DRAMA (Chris Waller-Tye Angland) 59kg (7)

9. WINX (Chris Waller-Hugh Bowman) 57kg (4)

10. LASQUETI SPIRIT (Lee Curtis-Jay Ford) 53kg (9)

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Winx (image: Steve Hart)

2016

So Si Bon Confirmed For Classic

Thursday, 10th November 2016

Trainer Robbie Laing has confirmed that talented 3YO So Si Bon (So You Think-Black Minx, by Lonhro) will take on the older horses in Saturday's Gr2 Zipping Classic (2400m) at Sandown. So Si Bon, who is coming off a fourth placing in the Gr1 Victoria Derby, will be the only 3YO to contest the $300,000 staying feature which has attracted a quality field of eight, headed by Melbourne Cup runners Who Shot Thebarman, Big Orange, Almoonqith, and Godolphin stable-mates Secret Number and Beautiful Romance. Craig Williams has been booked to ride So Si Bon who will carry just 50.5kg under the weight-for-age scale. The Zipping Classic field is:

1. WHO SHOT THEBARMAN (Chris Waller-Hugh Bowman) 59kg (1)

2. BIG ORANGE (Michael Bell-Damian Lane) 59kg (2)

3. ALMOONQITH (David & B Hayes & T Dabernig-D Oliver) 59kg (4)

4. SECRET NUMBER (Saeed Bin Suroor-Stephen Baster) 59kg (6)

5. TRISTRAM'S SUN (Robbie Laing-Kerrin McEvoy) 59kg (7)

6. TRANSFER ALLOWANCE (Peter Roche-Chris Symons) 59kg (3)

7. BEAUTIFUL ROMANCE (Saeed Bin Suroor-Glyn Schofield) 57kg (5)

8. SO SI BON (Robbie Laing-Craig Williams) 50.5kg (8)

Kiwi Stayer To Defend Zipping Crown

Tuesday, 8th November 2016

Who Shot Thebarman (Yamanin Vital-Ears Carol, by Carolingian) will defend his Gr2 Zipping Classic title at Sandown on Saturday, reports NZ Racing Desk. The New Zealand-bred and owned stayer won the race 12 months ago after running 11th behind Prince Of Penzance in the Melbourne Cup. Who Shot Thebarman finished a meritorious fifth behind Almandin in this year's edition of the Cup and came through the race in top order. "From his barrier in the Cup and from where he was on the turn, he was super," trainer Chris Waller said.

Melbourne Cup Field & Barriers

Monday, 31st October 2016

The final field has been declared and the barrier draw conducted for Australia's most famous race, the $6 million Gr1 Melbourne Cup (3200m), to be run at Flemington tomorrow. The Godolphin team have the top two in the betting with Cox Plate runner-up Hartnell currently favourite at $5 ahead of Oceanographer at $6.50. Both horses have drawn midfield in barriers 12 and 11 respectively. Brilliant Caulfield Cup winner Jameka represents good value at $8 and has drawn favourably in barrier 3, while the only other horse under double-figure odds is the Aidan O'Brien-trained Bondi Beach at $9. The capacity 24-horse field is:

1. BIG ORANGE (Michael Bell-Jamie Spencer) 57kg (7)

2. OUR IVANHOWE (Lee & Anthony Freedman-Dwayne Dunn) 57kg (6)

3. CURREN MIROTIC (Osamu Hirata-Tommy Berry) 56.5kg (18)

4. BONDI BEACH (Aidan O'Brien-Ryan Moore) 56kg (5)

5. EXOSPHERIC (Lee & Anthony Freedman-D Oliver) 56kg (13)

6. HARTNELL (John O'Shea-James McDonald) 56kg (12)

7. WHO SHOT THEBARMAN (Chris Waller-Hugh Bowman) 56kg (20)

8. WICKLOW BRAVE (William Mullins-Frankie Dettori) 56kg (24)

9. ALMOONQITH (David & B Hayes & T Dabernig-M Walker) 54.5kg (19)

10. GALLANTE (Robert Hickmott-Blake Shinn) 54.5kg (2)

11. GRAND MARSHAL (Chris Waller-Ben Melham) 54.5kg (9)

12. JAMEKA (Ciaron Maher-Nicholas Hall) 54.5kg (3)

13. HEARTBREAK CITY (Tony Martin-Joao Moreira) 54kg (23)

14. SIR JOHN HAWKWOOD (John P Thompson-Blake Spriggs) 54kg (14)

15. EXCESS KNOWLEDGE (G Waterhouse & Adrian Bott-Vlad Duric) 53.5kg (21)

16. BEAUTIFUL ROMANCE (Saeed Bin Suroor-Damian Lane) 52.5kg (1)

17. ALMANDIN (Robert Hickmott-Kerrin McEvoy) 52kg (17) 

18. ASSIGN (Robert Hickmott-Katelyn Mallyon) 52kg (22)

19. GREY LION (Matt Cumani-Glen Boss) 52kg (16)

20. OCEANOGRAPHER (Charlie Appleby-Chad Schofield) 52kg (11)

21. SECRET NUMBER (Saeed Bin Suroor-Stephen Baster) 52kg (10)

22. PENTATHLON (John Wheeler-Mark Du Plessis) 51.5kg (4)

23. QEWY (Charlie Appleby-Craig Williams) 51.5kg (15)

24. ROSE OF VIRGINIA (Lee & Shannon Hope-Ben Thompson) 51kg (8)

Click here for all the form for Melbourne Cup day at Flemington.

Grand Marshal Wins Gr2 Moonee Valley Gold Cup

Monday, 24th October 2016

At Moonee Valley in Melbourne, 7YO UK-bred gelding Grand Marshall (Dansili-Margarula, by Doyoun) scored an upset 0.75 win for trainer Chris Waller in the $300,000 Gr2 Moonee Valley Gold Cup (2500m) for 3YO+, over over 8YO gelding and stable-mate Who Shot Thebarman (Yamanin Vital-Ears Carol, by Carolingian) & 5YO gelding Pentathlon (Pentire-Pinders Prize, by Prized). Grand Marshal improved his record to 8 wins (including the Gr1 Sydney Cup) and 11 placings (including the Gr1 Sydney Cup & Gr1 BMW) from 37 starts for $2,029,729 earnings. Grand Marshal will have his next start in the Melbourne Cup on Tuesday, 1st November.

Moonee Valley A Good Fit For Barman

Tuesday, 18th October 2016

Chris Waller believes the Gr2 Moonee Valley Gold Cup (2500m) on Saturday is the ideal race for Who Shot Thebarman (Yamanin Vital-Ears Carol, by Carolingian) to prepare for another shot at the Melbourne Cup, reports NZ Racing Desk. "I like the Moonee Valley track as it's quite forgiving," Waller said. "Who Shot Thebarman has a high rating, but gets in under the set-weights and penalties conditions of the race well." The New Zealand-bred and owned stayer finished third behind Protectionist in the 2014 edition of the Melbourne Cup before an unplaced run last year. The 2014 Auckland Cup winner is coming off a 7th placing in the Gr1 Metropolitan (2400m) at Randwick on 1 October. Prior to that he was an excellent second in the Gr2 Hill Stakes (2000m) behind Godolphin star Hartnell, rated by many as the number one challenger to Winx's standing as Australia's best racehorse.

Hartnell Wins Gr2 Hill Stakes

Monday, 19th September 2016

At Royal Randwick in Sydney, triple Gr1-winning former English Derby victor & Darley shuttler Authorized (Montjeu-Funsie, by Saumarez) added a Group success when 6YO UK-bred gelding Hartnell (Authorized-Debonnaire, by Anabaa) cruised to an emphatic 5.8 length win for trainer John O'Shea in the $200,000 Gr2 Hill Stakes (2000m) for 3YO+, over 8YO NZ-bred gelding Who Shot Thebarman (Yamanin Vital-Ears Carol, by Carolingian) & 5YO US-bred entire Storm The Stars (Sea the Stars-Love Me Only, by Sadler's Wells). The Godolphin-owned Hartnell improved his record to 9 wins (including the Gr1 The BMW, Gr2 Chelmsford Stakes, Gr3 Sky High Stakes & Gr3 Bahrain Trophy at Newmarket) and 6 placings (including the Gr1 Chipping Norton Stakes & Gr1 Criterium de Saint-Cloud) from 25 starts for $1,934,610 earnings. Trainer John O'Shea said the next month's Caulfield Cup was shaping as a suitable assignment for the in form Hartnell. "He was very, very good, but I think you have to put it in perspective. I don't know if he had too much to do. Maybe the opposition was a little bit flat," O'Shea told AAP. "I think really his best chance of winning a major Group One this season would be the Caulfield Cup. But Caulfield can get very firm and he doesn't like that really rock hard ground. There is a lot of things to take into account."

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Hartnell (image: Steve Hart)

Waller Warns Against Writing Off Thebarman

Friday, 2nd September 2016

Meanwhile, trainer Chris Waller has warned punters not to write off the chances of top stayer Who Shot Thebarman (Yamanin Vital-Ears Carol, by Carolingian) in tomorrow's Gr2 Chelmsford Stakes at Randwick where he will clash with star stable-mate Winx, reports NZ Racing Desk. "He's had the benefit of a first up run and he likes the wet," Waller said. "He's come back probably better than ever and he's in for a good preparation." Waller added: "A mile second up is tough, but you can never discount horses like him." A winner of the Gr1 Auckland Cup and placed in a Melbourne Cup, Who Shot Thebarman finished sixth behind Winx when resuming in last month's Gr2 Warwick Stakes (1400m) at Randwick.

Seven Rivals For Winx

Thursday, 1st September 2016

Winx (Street Cry-Vegas Showgirl, by Al Akbar) will take on seven rivals when she bids to extend her winning streak to 11 in Saturday's Gr2 Chelmsford Stakes (1600m) at Royal Randwick. The superstar mare registered her tenth consecutive victory - and her 14th overall - when resuming with a brilliant 3.5-length win in the Gr2 Warwick Stakes (1400m) last start. The Chris Waller-trained 5YO showed she was right on course to defend her title in the 96th running of the Gr1 WS Cox Plate (2040m) at Moonee Valley on 22 October. Among Winx's opponents on Saturday will be five of her stable-mates, namely Preferment, Who Shot Thebarman, Grand Marshall, Storm the Stars and Spiritjim. Indeed, Waller has a mortgage on the $250,000 weight-for-age feature saddling up six of the eight runners. Winx has been installed as the $1.15 favourite for the race ahead of the James Cummings-trained Prized icon - the only 3YO in the race - at $7. The field is:

1. PREFERMENT (Chris Waller-Tommy Berry) 59kg (7)

2. WHO SHOT THEBARMAN (Chris Waller-Blake Shinn) 59kg (4)

3. HARTNELL (John O'Shea-James McDonald) 59kg (2)

4. GRAND MARSHAL (Chris Waller-Jason Collett) 59kg (3)

5. STORM THE STARS (Chris Waller-Brenton Avdulla) 59kg (1)

6. SPIRITJIM (Chris Waller-Rory Hutchings) 59kg (6)

7. WINX (Chris Waller-Hugh Bowman) 57kg (8)

8. PRIZED ICON (James Cummings-Ms Kathy O'Hara) 50.5kg (5)

Winx Heads Warwick Stakes Nominations

Tuesday, 16th August 2016

Superstar mare Winx is one of nine horses nominated for Saturday's Gr2 Warwick Stakes (1400m) at Royal Randwick. Winx - whose primary spring goal will be a defence of her title in the 96th running of the Gr1 WS Cox Plate (2040m) at Moonee Valley on 22 October - hasn't raced since claiming her sixth Gr1 victory in the Doncaster Mile in April. Lucia Valentina, last start winner of the $4 million Gr1 Queen Elizabeth Stakes (2000m) in April, will also use the Warwick Stakes to launch her Cox Plate campaign, while Preferment, winner of the Gr1 Australian Cup and Gr1 The BMW in the autumn, will also kick off his campaign in the $250,000 weight-for-age feature. Winx is currently the prohibitive $1.45 favourite for Saturday's race, ahead of Lucia Valentina on $8. Dibayani and Hartnell share the third line of betting at $9. The nominations for the Gr2 Warwick Stakes are:

1. DIBAYANI (David & B Hayes & T Dabernig)

2. GRAND MARSHAL (Chris Waller)

3. HARTNELL (John O'Shea)

4. LUCIA VALENTINA (Kris Lees)

5. PREFERMENT (Chris Waller)

6. REBEL DANE (Gary Portelli)

7. VANBRUGH (Chris Waller)

8. WHO SHOT THEBARMAN (Chris Waller)

9. WINX (Chris Waller)

Preferment Wins Gr1 The BMW

Tuesday, 29th March 2016

At Rosehill Gardens in Sydney, Cambridge Stud's deceased multiple Champion sire Zabeel (Sir Tristram-Lady Giselle, by Nureyev) celebrated an elite success when top-class 4YO entire Preferment (Zabeel-Better Alternative, by Flying Spur) scored by 0.2-length for trainer Chris Waller in the $1.5 million Gr1 The BMW (2400m) for 3YO+, over 7YO gelding and stable-mate Who Shot Thebarman (Yamanin Vital-Ears Carol, by Carolingian) & 6YO UK-bred gelding and stable-mate Grand Marshal (Dansili-Margarula, by Doyoun). Preferment, who was purchased by Chris Waller Racing for $190,000 at the 2013 NZB Premier Yearling Sale from the draft of Cambridge Stud, took his record to 5 wins (including the Gr1 Australian Cup, Gr1 Turnbull Stakes, Gr1 Victoria Derby & G2 Hill Stakes) and 5 placings (including the Gr1 Rosehill Guineas & Listed Geelong Classic) from 20 starts for $3,364,605 earnings. Waller said Preferment would have his next start in the $4 million Gr1 Queen Elizabeth Stakes (2000m) at Randwick on 9 April. "We'll just back right off and take him to the beach, even do a bit of dressage with him, just to keep him interested, keep him sparked right up," Waller said.

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Preferment (image: Steve Hart)

Sir John Harkwood Wins Gr3 Sky High Stakes

Monday, 14th March 2016

At Rosehill Gardens in Sydney, 7YO Irish-bred gelding Sir John Harkwood (Sir Percy-Athene, by Rousillon) scored by 0.1-length for trainer David Vandyke in the $350,000 Gr3 Sky High Stakes (2000m) for 3YO+, over 7YO geldings Messene (Lonhro-Belle Giselle, by Redoute's Choice) & Who Shot Thebarman (Yamanin Vital-Ears Carol, by Carolingian). Raced by Paul Fudge's Waratah Thoroughbreds, Sir John Harkwood took his record to 7 wins (including the Listed Christmas Cup) and 3 placings from 23 starts for $520,503 earnings.

Criterion Top Weight For Sydney Cup

Tuesday, 23rd February 2016

A total of 82 nominations have been weighted for the 151st running of the $2 million Gr1 Sydney Cup (3200m) to be run on Day 2 of The Championships at Royal Randwick on Saturday, 9 April. Included in the nominations are nine horses from last year's Melbourne Cup; 3rd – Criterion (NZ), 6th – Gust of Wind (NZ), 7th – Excess Knowledge (GB), 10th – Our Ivanhowe (Ger), 11th – Who Shot Thebarman (NZ), 15th – Hartnell (GB), 18th – Almoonqith (USA), 20th – Preferment (NZ) and 21st – Grand Marshal (GB). Criterion is this year's top weight with 58.5kg on a 50kg limit (49kg for 3YOs). Three of his last four starts have been very impressive with a win in the Gr1 Caulfield Stakes (2000m) followed by 2nd and 3rd placings respectively in the Gr1 Cox Plate (2040m) and Gr 1 Melbourne Cup (3200m). The weight allocated represents a 1kg increase on the 57.5kg he carried in the Melbourne Cup. Next in the order of weights is last year's Caulfield Cup winner Mongolian Khan who has been handicapped at 58kg, while 2015 winner Grand Marshal (GB) has been given 54kg which represents a 2kg increase on last year. Click here to view the full list of weights.

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Criterion (image: Steve Hart)

2015

Who Shot Thebarman Wins Gr2 Zipping Classic

Monday, 16th November 2015

At Sandown in Melbourne, deceased former White Robe Lodge stallion Yamanin Vital (Sir Tristram-She Might Hula, by Caucasus) added a Group success when 7YO New Zealand-bred gelding Who Shot Thebarman (Yamanin Vital-Ears Carol, by Carolingian) scored a brilliant 7-length win for trainer Chris Waller in the $300,000 Gr2 Zipping Classic (2400m) for 3YO+, over beautifully bred 5YO Irish-bred gelding Tall Ship (Sea the Stars-Magical Romance, by Barathea) & 6YO mare, and former South African Gr1 winner, Do You Remember (Silvano-Festive Occasion, by Casey Tibbs). Who Shot Thebarman, who is owned by New Zealand-based siblings Dan, Humphrey, Michael and Shaun O'Leary, took his record to 9 wins (including the Gr1 Auckland Cup & Gr2 Avondale Cup) and 4 placings (including the Gr1 Melbourne Cup & Gr1 Sydney Cup) from 26 starts for NZ$1,615,661 earnings.

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Who Shot Thebarman (image: Mark Gatt)

Barman Aiming To End Spring On A High

Wednesday, 11th November 2015

Talented New Zealand-bred and owned stayer Who Shot Thebarman (Yamanin Vital-Ears Carol, by Carolingian) will have his final start this preparation in Saturday's Gr2 Zipping Classic (2400m) at Sandown, reports Racing.com. The Chris Waller-trained 7YO was last seen finishing a luckless 11th in the Melbourne Cup (3200m) after being badly hampered at the 200m mark. "He's come through the Melbourne Cup fine," assistant trainer Justine Hales said. "He didn't really have a hard run, he was knocked over in the straight and didn't really exert himself and it certainly wasn't a testing staying race." She added: "He's been to the beach and had a few quiet days but he seems fresh and he's eating very well. He worked very well on Tuesday morning and I'm looking forward to seeing him step out again on Saturday." Who Shot Thebarman, the equal-highest rated horse in the race alongside Rising Romance with a handicap rating of 109, will carry 59kg on Saturday, but Hales doesn't see that as a problem. "He's a big horse that has a bit of size about him so he shouldn't have too much of a problem with the weight," she said.

Melbourne Cup Field

Tuesday, 3rd November 2015

The 155th running of the $6 million Gr1 Melbourne Cup (3200m) will be run at the race's traditional timeslot of 3:00pm AEDT at Flemington racecourse today. The field for Australia's most famous race is below. Click here for the race form plus all the form for Melbourne Cup day.

1. SNOW SKY (Sir Michael Stoute-Ryan Moore) 58kg (16)

2. CRITERION (David Hayes & Tom Dabernig-Michael Walker) 57.5kg (4)

3. FAME GAME (Yoshitada Munakata-Zac Purton) 57kg (12)

4. OUR IVANHOWE (Lee & Anthony Freedman-Ben Melham) 56kg (22)

5. BIG ORANGE (Michael Bell-Jamie Spencer) 55.5kg (23)

6. HARTNELL (John O'Shea-James McDonald) 55.5kg (17)

7. HOKKO BRAVE (Yasutoshi Matsunaga-Craig Williams) 55.5kg (20)

8. MAX DYNAMITE (William Mullins-Frankie Dettori) 55kg (2)

9. RED CADEAUX (Ed Dunlop-Gerald Mosse) 55kg (8)

10. TRIP TO PARIS (Ed Dunlop-Tommy Berry) 55kg (14)

11. WHO SHOT THEBARMAN (Chris Waller-Blake Shinn) 54.5kg (6)

12. SKY HUNTER (Saeed Bin Suroor-William Buick) 54kg (7)

13. THE OFFER (Gai Waterhouse-Damien Oliver) 54kg (13)

14. GRAND MARSHAL (Chris Waller-Jim Cassidy) 53.5kg (15)

15. PREFERMENT (Chris Waller-Hugh Bowman) 53.5kg (11)

16. QUEST FOR MORE (Roger Charlton-Damian Lane) 53.5kg (21)

17. ALMOONQITH (David Hayes & Tom Dabernig-Dwayne Dunn) 53kg (10)

18. KINGFISHER (Aidan O'Brien-Colm O'Donoghue) 53kg (9)

19. PRINCE OF PENZANCE (Darren Weir-Michelle Payne) 53kg (1)

20. BONDI BEACH (Aidan O'Brien-Brett Prebble) 52.5kg (18)

21. SERTORIUS (Jamie Edwards-Craig Newitt) 52.5kg (5)

22. THE UNITED STATES (Robert Hickmott-Joao Moreira) 52.5kg (3)

23. EXCESS KNOWLEDGE (Gai Waterhouse-Kerrin McEvoy) 51kg (24)

24. GUST OF WIND (John Sargent-Chad Schofield) 51kg (19)

Chris Waller Discusses Cup Runners

Tuesday, 3rd November 2015

Champion Sydney trainer Chris Waller has the last word on his three runners in today's Melbourne Cup.

Who Shot Thebarman (Yamanin Vital-Ears Carol, by Carolingian):

Who Shot Thebarman, whom Waller describes as a "genuine two-miler", is a winner of the 2014 Gr1 Auckland Cup (3200m) and was third in last year's Melbourne Cup. He is coming off a solid performance when 7th in the Caulfield Cup. "I'm very happy with him. He's on a par with where he was at last year, if not a bit bigger and stronger," Waller told Melbourne's Radio Sport National. "I can't fault him, and history seems to repeat itself in terms of the placegetters [in the Melbourne Cup]. I feel the horse is still in his peak years...I would consider him being in that zone still." He added: "He certainly hasn't gone backwards and he's great value to run a place at least."

Grand Marshal (Dansili-Margarula, by Doyoun):

Waller says the English import, who won the Gr1 Sydney Cup (3200m) in April, has been set for the Melbourne Cup. Grand Marshal was last seen finishing 11th (beaten 6 lengths) in the Caulfield Cup, but his run was much better than it looked as he was held up for clear running for much of the straight and should have finished closer. "Well, he's been set for three races in the last year," Waller began. "The first one was on Cup day last year [the Visit Victoria Plate, 2800m] which he won. The second was the Sydney Cup [Gr1, 3200m] and he managed to pull that off, and now he's been set for the Melbourne Cup." He added: "I can't fault his form. We realise he's no superstar but his last start run in the Caulfield Cup [11th] deserves respect."

Preferment (Zabeel-Better Alternative, by Flying Spur):

Preferment, last year's Victoria Derby winner and Waller's best chance in the $6 million Melbourne Cup, is coming off a disappointing 12th in the Cox Plate but was previously an impressive winner of the Gr1 Turnbull Stakes (2000m) at Flemington. "His win over 2500m in the Derby suggests he should get two miles, and his win in the Turnbull over 2000m suggests he's in good form this prep and that he's sharp enough to win a Melbourne Cup," said Waller. "Throw in the fact he's by Zabeel, he's just turned four, so there's some upside there...hopefully he has that X factor to win a Melbourne Cup."

Verdict: "I do like Preferment, but only because I think he can improve. With the other two, what you see is what you get.," he said.

Final Melbourne Cup Field

Monday, 2nd November 2015

The field has been finalised for the 155th running of the $6 million Gr1 Melbourne Cup (3200m) scheduled for 3:00pm AEDT at Flemington racecourse tomorrow. The field for Australia's most famous race is below. Click here for the race form plus all the form on Melbourne Cup day.

1. SNOW SKY (Sir Michael Stoute-Ryan Moore) 58kg (16)

2. CRITERION (David Hayes & Tom Dabernig-Michael Walker) 57.5kg (4)

3. FAME GAME (Yoshitada Munakata-Zac Purton) 57kg (12)

4. OUR IVANHOWE (Lee & Anthony Freedman-Ben Melham) 56kg (22)

5. BIG ORANGE (Michael Bell-Jamie Spencer) 55.5kg (23)

6. HARTNELL (John O'Shea-James McDonald) 55.5kg (17)

7. HOKKO BRAVE (Yasutoshi Matsunaga-Craig Williams) 55.5kg (20)

8. MAX DYNAMITE (William Mullins-Frankie Dettori) 55kg (2)

9. RED CADEAUX (Ed Dunlop-Gerald Mosse) 55kg (8)

10. TRIP TO PARIS (Ed Dunlop-Tommy Berry) 55kg (14)

11. WHO SHOT THEBARMAN (Chris Waller-Blake Shinn) 54.5kg (6)

12. SKY HUNTER (Saeed Bin Suroor-William Buick) 54kg (7)

13. THE OFFER (Gai Waterhouse-Damien Oliver) 54kg (13)

14. GRAND MARSHAL (Chris Waller-Jim Cassidy) 53.5kg (15)

15. PREFERMENT (Chris Waller-Hugh Bowman) 53.5kg (11)

16. QUEST FOR MORE (Roger Charlton-Damian Lane) 53.5kg (21)

17. ALMOONQITH (David Hayes & Tom Dabernig-Dwayne Dunn) 53kg (10)

18. KINGFISHER (Aidan O'Brien-Colm O'Donoghue) 53kg (9)

19. PRINCE OF PENZANCE (Darren Weir-Michelle Payne) 53kg (1)

20. BONDI BEACH (Aidan O'Brien-Brett Prebble) 52.5kg (18)

21. SERTORIUS (Jamie Edwards-Craig Newitt) 52.5kg (5)

22. THE UNITED STATES (Robert Hickmott-Joao Moreira) 52.5kg (3)

23. EXCESS KNOWLEDGE (Gai Waterhouse-Kerrin McEvoy) 51kg (24)

24. GUST OF WIND (John Sargent-Chad Schofield) 51kg (19)

Waller Discusses Melbourne Cup Prospects

Wednesday, 28th October 2015

Champion Sydney trainer Chris Waller has discussed the prospects of three of his Melbourne Cup runners, namely Preferment, Who Shot Thebarman and Grand Marshal. Waller, who will be chasing his first win in Australia's most famous race, could have a fourth runner in the Cup with Beaten Up currently a borderline chance of gaining a start.

Preferment (Zabeel-Better Alternative, by Flying Spur):

Preferment, last year's Victoria Derby winner and Waller's best chance in the $6.2 million Cup, is coming off a disappointing 12th in last Saturday's Cox Plate but was previously an impressive winner of the Gr1 Turnbull Stakes (2000m) at Flemington. "The beauty of Preferment is he's a colt," Waller told Racing.com. "They carry natural hormones and I think it gives them a better chance to recover quicker from their races. Therefore he's a very masculine horse, carrying a bit of extra weight, exactly what you need going into a Melbourne Cup." He added: "He's done the mileage. It hasn't been an orthodox preparation for the Melbourne Cup, but it's one that we have seen in recent years be quite effective...it keeps the speed in their legs. We think he will stay being the winner of a Victorian Derby but I just want to make sure he is sharp. Most Melbourne Cup winners are sharp horses, they are not just two-milers. That's what we are trying to emulate with preferment."

Who Shot Thebarman (Yamanin Vital - Ears Carol, by Carolingian):

Who Shot Thebarman, the 2014 Gr1 Auckland Cup (3200m) winner and third placegetter in last year's Melbourne Cup, is coming off a solid performance when 7th in the Caulfield Cup. "He's a genuine two-miler," Waller said of the New Zealand-bred 7YO. "He's a two-mile winner in New Zealand at Gr1 level, he ran second in a Sydney Cup [Gr1, 3200m] and of course he was third in the Melbourne Cup last year." He added: "He's probably the benchmark of the Australian stayers. We don't have to change much with him. He looks better, he looks stronger and more relaxed [than last year] and I think he has matured this year."

Grand Marshal (Dansili - Margarula, by Doyoun):

Meanwhile, Waller intimated that English import Grand Marshal, winner of the Gr1 Sydney Cup (3200m) in April, would come into his own over the Melbourne Cup distance. Grand Marshal was last seen finishing 11th (beaten 6 lengths) in the Caulfield Cup, but his run was much better than it looked as he was held up for clear running for much of the straight and should have finished closer. "He beat Who Shot Thebarman in the Sydney Cup which was a bit of surprise on the day, but we can now see he's a two-miler," Waller said. "That's when you will see his form come to the fore, in a two-mile test."

Caulfield Cup Field & Barriers

Wednesday, 14th October 2015

Favourite Mongolian Khan has drawn barrier nine for Saturday's $3 million Gr1 Caulfield Cup (2400m), while the internationals generally also drew well. Mongolian Khan drew barrier nine but could jump from as close as gate six with three out of the four emergencies drawn on his inside. Meanwhile, Japanese star Fame Game (barrier one), and UK stayers Snow Sky (three) and Trip To Paris (five) will all get their chance in the world's richest mile-and-a-half handicap after getting perfect draws. Of the other local hopes Rising Romance (two) and Complacent (ten) drew favourably, but the likes of Lucia Valentina (twenty), Who Shot Thebarman (twenty one), and Royal Descent (twenty two) will need luck on their side after coming up with outside barriers. Mongolian Khan is the current Caulfield Cup favourite at $4.20 with TAB. Click here to view the Caulfield Cup field.

Metropolitan Weights Released

Tuesday, 15th September 2015

Meanwhile, a total of 92 nominations have been weighted for the 152nd running of Gr1 The Metropolitan (2400m) to be staged at Royal Randwick on Saturday, 3rd October. Gr1-winning German import Our Ivanhowe, now trained by Lee & Anthony Freedman, has been allotted top weight in the race with 58.0kg on a 52.0kg limit, with Hartnell next in the weights with 57.5kg. Sydney Cup winner Grand Marshal will be asked to carry 54.0kg, while Who Shot Thebarman, who was runner-up to Grand Marshall in the Sydney Cup, has been allotted 54.5kg. Last year's winner Opinion has received 54.0kg, 2kg above the limit. The Irish bred son of Oasis Dream carried 0.5kg above the limit last year and has since had six starts for one second and five unplaced runs. Other notable weights include Royal Descent who will be asked to carry 56.5kg, while former French galloper Silverball, impressive winner of last Saturday's Gr3 Kingston Town Stakes (2000m), has been given 53.0kg. Click here to view Metropolitan weights.

140 Nominations For Melbourne Cup

Wednesday, 2nd September 2015

Nominations for the Melbourne Cup have closed with 140 horses entered for Australia's most famous race, including 31 internationals, reports Racing.com. Last year's Melbourne Cup trifecta of Protectionist, Red Cadeaux and Who Shot Thebarman are back for another shot, while veteran stayer Precedence is in contention to give the late Bart Cummings an incredible 13th win in the race. Racing Victoria's chief handicapper Greg Carpenter has described this year's international entries as among the best ever. "The Emirates Melbourne Cup is the world's premier staying race and the quality of the local and international entries for this year's race is outstanding," Carpenter said. "The depth amongst the international contingent is exceptional, with the Ascot Gold Cup quinella, Hardwicke Stakes winner, Goodwood Cup trifecta, Lonsdale Cup winner and a pair of Japan's elite stayers amongst 31 international entries." He added: "Following the passing of the 'Cups King' Bart Cummings this week there will naturally be plenty of people hoping that Precedence can secure his place in a fifth Melbourne Cup and it would be most fitting if he could. With crowd favourite Red Cadeaux also set to return for a fifth appearance and last year's brilliant winner Protectionist among the entries, the scene is set for yet another brilliant and memorable renewal of the Emirates Melbourne Cup." Some of the highlights include:

  • Two entrants from dual Melbourne Cup-winning trainer Dermot Weld in Manalapan and Zafayan. Weld trained the first international winner of the Cup when Vintage Crop saluted in 1993;
  • Four entrants from Aidan O'Brien, who has not had a runner since 2008, in Kingfisher, Order Of St George, Bondi Beach and Fields Of Athenry;
  • Two Japanese entries, Fame Game and Hokko Brave, who are the first internationals scheduled to arrive in Melbourne on Saturday, 19 September;
  • This year's winners of top European staying races in Hardwicke Stakes winner Snow Sky, Lonsdale Cup winner Max Dynamite and Goodwood Cup winner Big Orange.

Weights for the Emirates Melbourne Cup will be released on Tuesday, 15 September, with first acceptances taken at 12 noon (AEST) on Tuesday, 6 October. Click here to view nominations.

Chelmsford Return For Barman

Tuesday, 1st September 2015

Top New Zealand-bred and owned stayer Who Shot Thebarman (Yamanin Vital-Ears Carol, by Carolingian) is likely to kick off his spring campaign this Saturday in the Gr2 Chelmsford Stakes (1600m) at Royal Randwick, reports NZ Racing Desk. Last year's Melbourne Cup placegetter is one of 12 horses that trainer Chris Waller has nominated for the $250,000 feature alongside last-start Warwick Stakes winner Royal Descent, Doncaster Mile winner Kermadec, Sydney Cup winner Grand Marshal, and Victoria Derby winner Preferment, among others. Who Shot Thebarman hasn't raced since he finished runner-up to stable-mate Grand Marshal in the Gr1 Sydney Cup in April. The Yamanin Vital gelding has trialled three times since his return from a winter spell. Click here for all Randwick nominations.

Grand Marshal Wins Gr1 Sydney Cup

Monday, 13th April 2015

At Royal Randwick in Sydney, imported European 5YO gelding Grand Marshall (Dansili-Margarula, by Doyoun) scored an upset short-head victory for trainer Chris Waller in the $1.6 million Gr1 Sydney Cup (3200m), over stable mate 6YO gelding Who Shot Thebarman (Yamanin Vital-Ears Carol, by Carolingian) & 6YO gelding Like A Carousel (Helike-Carnival World, by Spinning Ride). Last Monday's Gr2 Chairman's Cup place-getter, Grand Marshal took his record to 7 wins & 7 placings from 21 starts for $1,428,229 earnings. Celebrating his unexpected good fortune after hot pot Hartnell (reported to be lame) dashed favourite backer's hopes, Waller told the age.com.au, "It is a great feeling when you come for a Sydney Cup and it is something special when the two stablemates fight it out… I feel for the other owners [of Who Shot Thebarman]. I am sure they thought they had the race in the bag. Their turn will come and they will get another shot at the Melbourne Cup."

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Grand Marshal on the outside wins the Gr1 Sydney Cup (image: Steve Hart)

Red Cadeaux To Run In Queen Elizabeth

Thursday, 9th April 2015

English stayer Red Cadeaux (Cadeaux Genereux-Artisia, by Peintre Celebre) has been confirmed as a starter in Saturday's $4 million Gr1 Queen Elizabeth Stakes (2000m) at Royal Randwick. The three-time Melbourne Cup runner-up was a dual acceptor for both the Queen Elizabeth and the Gr1 Sydney Cup due to concerns about Sydney's wet weather. Trainer Ed Dunlop said he decided to run in the Queen Elizabeth after consulting Red Cadeaux's owner Ronald Arculli, travelling foreman Robin Trevor-Jones, and track rider Steve Nicholson. "After much deliberation between Mr Arculli, Robin, Steve and I, the decision has been made to run Red Cadeaux in the Queen Elizabeth Stakes, as opposed to the Sydney Cup, at Randwick on Saturday," Dunlop said on his blog. "The weather has been the overriding factor in our decision, with Sydney having experienced an extremely wet week. Although the rain is set to relent in the next few days, Robin and Steve inform me that the track is currently soft. This would put a question mark against Red's stamina over 2m while Mr Arculli has never been afraid of a challenge!" he added, "Obviously Contributer and Adelaide will be tough to beat, but the Sydney Cup is a vintage renewal in itself with Protectionist, Who Shot Thebarman and the well-weighted Hartnell in the line-up. Hopefully we have made the right call!"

More Kiwi Recruits For Waller

Tuesday, 10th March 2015

Chris Waller's star New Zealand performers Who Shot Thebarman and Preferment have been joined by two more Kiwi recruits for the autumn, reports NZ Racing Desk. The champion trainer has welcomed the lightly-raced 3YO The Austrian Oak and the untried juvenile Fitzroy to his Sydney stable. Thorn Park gelding The Austrian Oak won one of his five starts for Cambridge trainer Roger James and hasn't raced since finishing fourth behind subsequent Gr1 New Zealand Derby winner Mongolian Khan in the Listed Champion Stakes Prelude in December. "He's hasn't come into the stable yet, he's still at the pre-training farm, but he looks a promising horse," Waller's racing manager Liam Prior said. "Fitzroy trialled well the other day and he'll run at Randwick on Wednesday. He looks like he's got a good level of ability as well." A colt by Swiss Ace, Fitzroy was formerly with Nigel Tiley and was unbeaten in two trials with a Cambridge win in January following his first success at Avondale in the spring. Meanwhile, Gr1 Auckland Cup winner and Gr1 Melbourne Cup placegetter Who Shot Thebarman has progressed well since his bold first-up fifth in the Gr1 Chipping Norton Stakes at Warwick Farm. "He's come back in terrific order and he'll either run in the Skyline Stakes on Saturday or trial on Friday and go to the Ranvet (Gr1) a week later," Prior said. "He'll then run in the BMW and he'll be very competitive over a mile and a half before the Sydney Cup." Zabeel's VRC Derby-winning son Preferment has also pleased the stable in his build-up toward the $2 million Gr1 Australian Derby on April 4. "He's going great and just wants more ground," Prior said.

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VRC Derby winner Preferment (image: Steve Hart)

Sydney Cup Weights Released

Tuesday, 24th February 2015

A total of 91 nominations have been weighted for the 150th running of the $1.6 million Gr1 Sydney Cup (3200m) to be run at Royal Randwick on the second and final day of The Championships, Saturday 11th April. Included in the nominations are the top 3 finishers from last year's Melbourne Cup - namely Protectionist , Red Cadeaux, and Who Shot Thebarman. The Kris Lees-trained Protectionist is this year's top weight with 58kg on a 52kg limit. This sets the horse an exciting challenge as the only other horse to carry more than 58kg to victory in the Sydney Cup since 1978 was My Good Man (NZ) who carried 60kg in 1978. The next highest weighted horse to win since then was Mourayan carrying 58kg in 2013, however this was after weights were raised and the limit was 54.5kg. Next in the order of weights are Red Cadeaux and Hong Kong galloper Dominant, who have been handicapped at 56.5kg. Kiwi stayer Who Shot Thebarman has been allotted 54.5kg, while Australian Oaks winner and Caulfield Cup runner-up Rising Romance is the highest weighted female with 53.5kg. Click here to view the full list of Sydney Cup weights.

Who Shot Thebarman Eyeing Rich Sydney Cup

Wednesday, 4th February 2015

Auckland Cup winner and Melbourne Cup placegetter Who Shot Thebarman (Yamanin Vital-Ears Carol, by Carolingian) is making good progress for premier Sydney trainer Chris Waller ahead of the feature autumn staying prizes at The Championships, reports NZ Racing desk. "He had a jump-out at Warwick Farm last week and went quite well and he'll be having another one next week," said Dan O'Leary, who races the 6YO gelding with siblings Humphrey, Michael and Shaun. "He'll have his first start over a mile and then he's supposed to go on to the Ranvet over 2000 metres and all going well to the BMW and the Sydney Cup." He added, "He'll probably be top weight for the cup, but the money they've put up is fantastic." The Gr1 Sydney Cup (3200m) will be run at Randwick on 11 April and is worth $1.6 million, an increase of $600,000 from last year. Previously trained by Mark Oulaghan at Awapuni in New Zealand, Who Shot Thebarman joined Waller's team last winter and won the Gr3 Bart Cummings Quality at Flemington in October to force his way into the Melbourne Cup field where he finished third behind Protectionist and Red Cadeaux.

Money Expected For Cup Runner Red Cadeaux

Wednesday, 4th February 2015

Three-time Melbourne Cup runner-up Red Cadeaux is locked in to tackle next month's Australian Cup. Online bookmaker sportsbet.com.au expects money to start to flow for the English stayer. Red Cadeaux is currently $26 for the Gr1 feature at Flemington on 14 March, behind $3.50 favourite Protectionist. "There's not a sniff for Red Cadeaux, but there's no doubt the public will start to get behind him. His three Melbourne Cup placings have elevated his popularity with punters,'' said sportsbet.com.au's Shaun Anderson. $26 outsider Beaten Up has been the best backed horse overall.

Market courtesy of sportsbet.com.au.

$3.50 - Protectionist

$7.00 - Happy Trails, He's Your Man

$11 - Petrology, Contributor

$13- Real Love, Pornichet, Foreteller

$15 - Bondeiger

$17 - Disposition, The Cleaner, Stratum Star, Hawkspur, Preferment

$21 - Akzar, Sweynesse, Junoob

$26 - Weary, Red Cadeaux, Who Shot Thebarman, Le Roi, Spillway, Beaten Up

Others quoted

2014

Protectionist Wins Gr1 Melbourne Cup

Wednesday, 5th November 2014

At Flemington in Melbourne, 5YO entire Protectionist (Monsun-Patineuse, by Peintre Celebre) created history by becoming the first German horse to win Australia's most famous race when scoring a dominant 4-length win for trainer Andreas Wohler in the $6 million Gr1 Melbourne Cup (3200m) for 3YO+, over 9YO UK-bred gelding Red Cadeaux (Cadeaux Genereux-Artisia, by Peintre Celebre) & 6YO NZ-bred gelding Who Shot Thebarman (Yamanin Vital-Ears Carol, by Carolingian). Protectionist, who incidentally is by Monsun, the same sire as last year's winner Fiorente, took his record to 5 wins (including the Gr2 Prix Kergorlay) and 4 placings from 10 starts $4,045,239 earnings. German trainer Andreas Wohler had given Protectionist an ideal preparation for the race, with the lightly raced galloper responsible for an outstanding Melbourne Cup trial when finishing strongly for fourth behind Big Memory in the Gr2 Herbert Power Stakes (2400m) at Caulfield on 11 October. "When he came around the last bend he needed the gap and the gap opened up for him and he kicked so well," Wohler said. "It is unbelievable. It is a moment that you won't forget in your life, it is a big achievement." Protectionist will stay in Australia where he will be trained by Kris Lees.

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Protectionist after the Melbourne Cup (image: Steve Hart)

Melbourne Cup Field

Tuesday, 4th November 2014

The field for today's 154th running of the $6 million Gr1 Melbourne Cup (3200m) at Flemington is:

1. ADMIRE RAKTI (JPN) Tomoyuki Umeda-Zac Purton (8) 58.5kg

2. CAVALRYMAN (GB) Scratched

3. FAWKNER (AUS) Robert Hickmott-Nicholas Hall (9) 57kg

4. RED CADEAUX (GB) Ed Dunlop-Gerald Mosse (15) 57kg

5. PROTECTIONIST (GER) Andreas Wohler-Ryan Moore (11) 56.5kg

6. SEA MOON (GB) Scratched

7. SEISMOS (IRE) Marco Botti-Craig Newitt (1) 56kg

8. JUNOOB (GB) Chris Waller-Hugh Bowman (7) 55.5kg

9. ROYAL DIAMOND (IRE) Johnny Murtagh-Steven Arnold (6) 55.5kg

10. GATEWOOD (GB) John Gosden-William Buick (22) 55kg

11. MUTUAL REGARD (IRE) Johnny Murtagh-Damien Oliver (12) 55kg

12. WHO SHOT THEBARMAN (NZ) Chris Waller-Glen Boss (13) 55kg

13. WILLING FOE (USA) Saeed Bin Suroor-James McDonald (17) 55kg

14. MY AMBIVALENT (IRE) Roger Varian-Andrea Atzeni (4) 54.5kg

15. PRECEDENCE (NZ) Bart & James Cummings-Michael Rodd (20) 54.5kg

16. BRAMBLES (NZ) Peter G Moody-Luke Nolen (21) 54kg

17. MR O'CEIRIN (NZ) Ciaron Maher-Chad Schofield (19) 54kg

18. AU REVOIR (IRE) Andre Fabre-Glyn Schofield (23) 53.5kg

19. LIDARI (FR) Peter G Moody-Ben Melham (10) 53.5kg

20. OPINION (IRE) Chris Waller-Tye Angland (14) 53.5kg

21. ARALDO (GB) Michael Moroney-Dwayne Dunn (24) 53kg

22. LUCIA VALENTINA (NZ) Kris Lees-Kerrin McEvoy (2) 53kg

23. UNCHAIN MY HEART (AUS) David Hayes & Tom Dabernig-Dean Yendall (5) 51.5kg

24. SIGNOFF (IRE) Darren Weir-Joao Moreira (16) 51kg

Brothers Cheer On Thebarman

Tuesday, 4th November 2014

Farming brothers Dan, Humphrey, Michael and Shaun O'Leary are living the dream in Melbourne, reports NZ Racing Desk. The siblings will be trackside at Flemington today to cheer on their star galloper Who Shot Thebarman (Yamanin Vital-Ears Carol, by Carolingian) who will carry the family's familiar orange and white spotted silks in the Melbourne Cup. "It's just so hard to even get a horse in the race with all the Europeans coming over," Dan O'Leary said. "Our horse won an Avondale Cup and the Auckland Cup and we still had to go to Australia and win a Group Three to get in," he said, referring to the 6YOs victory in the Gr3 Bart Cummings (2520m) at Flemington on 4 October. Who Shot Thebarman was subsequently disappointing in the Caulfield Cup when finishing 13th out of the 18 runners, but O'Leary says the run should be overlooked. "I've been excited for weeks – the Caulfield Cup was a hiccup, but his work since has been good," O'Leary said. "My thoughts are that if he's competitive this time then we should be going back next year. He can come home afterwards to spell and then gradually bring him back up, but I'm only a small part of it and I have to talk to my brothers about that." O'Leary is also keen for Who Shot Thebarman to make another appearance after the cup. "As long as he comes through the race well, I'd like to see him run in the Sandown Classic over a mile and a-half," he said. "Often it's not that strong a field, but again it's up to my brothers as well."

Melbourne Cup Final Field & Barriers

Monday, 3rd November 2014

The field has been declared and the barriers drawn for the 154th running of the $6 million Gr1 Melbourne Cup (3200m) at Flemington tomorrow. The final field is:

1. ADMIRE RAKTI (JPN) Tomoyuki Umeda-Zac Purton (8) 58.5kg    

2. CAVALRYMAN (GB) Saeed Bin Suroor-Craig Williams (3) 57kg

3. FAWKNER (AUS) Robert Hickmott-Nicholas Hall (9) 57kg

4. RED CADEAUX (GB) Ed Dunlop-Gerald Mosse (15) 57kg

5. PROTECTIONIST (GER) Andreas Wohler-Ryan Moore (11) 56.5kg

6. SEA MOON (GB) LATE SCRATCHING

7. SEISMOS (IRE) Marco Botti-Craig Newitt (1) 56kg

8. JUNOOB (GB) Chris Waller-Hugh Bowman (7) 55.5kg

9. ROYAL DIAMOND (IRE) Johnny Murtagh-Steven Arnold (6) 55.5kg

10. GATEWOOD (GB) John Gosden-William Buick (22) 55kg

11. MUTUAL REGARD (IRE) Johnny Murtagh-Damien Oliver (12) 55kg

12. WHO SHOT THEBARMAN (NZ) Chris Waller-Glen Boss (13) 55kg

13. WILLING FOE (USA) Saeed Bin Suroor-James McDonald (17) 55kg

14. MY AMBIVALENT (IRE) Roger Varian-Andrea Atzeni (4) 54.5kg

15. PRECEDENCE (NZ) Bart & James Cummings-Michael Rodd (20) 54.5kg

16. BRAMBLES (NZ) Peter G Moody-Luke Nolen (21) 54kg

17. MR O'CEIRIN (NZ) Ciaron Maher-Chad Schofield (19) 54kg

18. AU REVOIR (IRE) Andre Fabre-Glyn Schofield (23) 53.5kg

19. LIDARI (FR) Peter G Moody-Ben Melham (10) 53.5kg

20. OPINION (IRE) Chris Waller-Tye Angland (14) 53.5kg

21. ARALDO (GB) Michael Moroney-Dwayne Dunn (24) 53kg

22. LUCIA VALENTINA (NZ) Kris Lees-Kerrin McEvoy (2) 53kg

23. UNCHAIN MY HEART (AUS) David Hayes & Tom Dabernig-Dean Yendall (5) 51.5kg

24. SIGNOFF (IRE) Darren Weir-Joao Moreira (16) 51kg

Caulfield Cup Final Field & Barriers

Wednesday, 15th October 2014

Outstanding racemare Lucia Valentina (Savabeel-Staryn Glenn, by Montjeu) has tightened her grip on favouritism for Saturday's $3 million Gr1 Caulfield Cup (2400m) at Caulfield after last night's barrier draw at Crown casino. The Kris Lees-trained mare drew gate 12, but will jump from gate 10 if two of the emergencies drawn inside her - Renew (2) and Brambles (11) - come out of the race. The daughter of Savabeel, who is coming off a brilliant win in the Gr1 Turnbull Stakes two weeks ago, is now a dominant $4.40 favourite with TAB ahead of Japanese stayers Bande ($8) and Admire Rakti ($10).

1. ADMIRE RAKTI (JPN) Tomoyuki Umeda- Zac Purton (8) 58kg

2. DANDINO (GB) Marco Botti- Craig Williams (22) 57kg

3. GREEN MOON (IRE) Robert Hickmott- Chad Schofield (6) 57kg

4. SEA MOON (GB) Robert Hickmott-Steven Arnold (21) 57kg

5. BANDE (IRE) Yoshito Yahagi-Christophe Lemaire (10) 56.5kg

6. THE OFFER (IRE) Gai Waterhouse-Tommy Berry (19) 56.5kg

7. SEISMOS (IRE) Marco Botti-Craig Newitt (1) 56kg

8. HAWKSPUR Chris Waller-Damien Oliver (9) 55.5kg

9. JUNOOB (GB) Chris Waller-Douglas Whyte (15) 55.5kg

10. MORIARTY (IRE) Chris Waller-Michael Rodd (7) 55kg

11. WHO SHOT THEBARMAN (NZ) Chris Waller-Glen Boss (16) 55kg

12. DEAR DEMI Clarry Conners-Jim Cassidy (13) 54.5kg

13. STIPULATE (GB) David Hayes & Tom Dabernig-Dwayne Dunn (5) 54kg

14. LIDARI (FR) Peter G Moody-Luke Nolen (4) 53.5kg

15. LUCIA VALENTINA (NZ) Kris Lees-Kerrin McEvoy (12) 53kg

16. RISING ROMANCE (NZ) Donna Logan-James McDonald (17) 53kg

17. BIG MEMORY (FR) Tony McEvoy-Corey Brown (20) 52kg

18. GRIS CARO (GB) Jake Stephens-Joao Moreira (3) 52kg

19e. BRAMBLES (NZ) Peter G Moody-Luke Nolen (11) 53.5kg

20e. ARALDO (GB) Michael Moroney (18) 53kg

21e. UNCHAIN MY HEART David Hayes & Tom Dabernig (14) 52kg

22e. RENEW (IRE) Archie Alexander (2) 52kg

Who Shot Thebarman Wins Gr3 The Bart Cummings

Tuesday, 7th October 2014

At Flemington in Melbourne, deceased former White Robe Lodge stallion Yamanin Vital (Sir Tristram-She Might Hula, by Caucasus) added a Group success when 6YO gelding Who Shot Thebarman (Yamanin Vital-Ears Carol, by Carolingian) scored by 2.5-lengths for trainer Chris Waller in the $150,000 Gr3 The Bart Cummings (2520m) for 3YO+, over 7YO Irish-bred entire Marksmanship (Galileo-Maroochydore, by Danehill) & 9YO gelding Anudjawan (Yamanin Vital-Perceptible, by Personal Escort). Who Shot Thebarman took his record to 8 wins (including the Gr1 Auckland Cup & Gr2 Avondale Cup) and 2 placings (including the Gr3 Manawatu Cup) from 14 starts for NZ$553,161 earnings.

Happy Trails To Do A Vo Rogue

Tuesday, 30th September 2014

Meanwhile, Michael Rodd is confident that Happy Trails (Good Journey-Madame Flurry, by Perugino) can become the first horse since the mighty Vo Rogue in 1988 to claim back-to-back Turnbull Stakes victories when he lines up in the Gr1 feature at Flemington on Saturday, reports horseracing.com.au. Rodd says he was delighted with the performance of Happy Trails when a narrow second to Foreteller in the Underwood Stakes last start, and believes the 7YO is nearing peak fitness as he builds towards the Cox Plate (2040m) at Moonee Valley on 25 October. "His run in the Underwood was outstanding, it just shows that he's pretty much on par with where he was last year," Rodd said. "He had a massive blow after that and Paul has always said his target is the Cox Plate, but obviously we'll try to win what we can on the way through." He added, "He's definitely one of the winning chances in the Turnbull." The Paul Beshara-trained Happy Trails is one of 28 nominations for Saturday's big race, with other notable entries including Lucia Valentina, Green Moon, Hawkspur, Gris Caro, Puissance De Lune, Sacred Falls, Silent Achiever, The Offer, and Who Shot Thebarman.

Happy Trails

Happy Trails (outside) runner-up in the Gr1 Underwood Stakes (image: Mark Gatt)

Who Shot Thebarman Kicks-Off Melbourne Cup Campaign

Friday, 15th August 2014

Auckland Cup winner Who Shot Thebarman (Yamanin Vital-Ears Carol, by Carolingian) is set to resume for new trainer Chris Waller in the Canterbury Hurlstone Park RSL Club Handicap (1400m) at Rosehill tomorrow, reports NZ Racing Desk. "He's on a Melbourne Cup path, so he's got a long way to go," Waller said. "He's settled in very well and came to us in great shape." Who Shot Thebarman has had two trials to prepare for his first-up assignment. "His trials have been good and he showed a bit of speed," Waller said. "I guess he will get back and run home on Saturday, but gee he's got some class on his side."

McDonald: Inexperience Only Concern With Barman

Friday, 18th April 2014

James McDonald has only one concern with progressive New Zealand stayer Who Shot Thebarman ahead of Saturday's Gr1 Sydney Cup (3200m) at Randwick – his lack of experience, reports NZ Racing Desk. "He's very raw which is a little bit of a worry, especially competing on a bigger stage," McDonald said. "But geez, he gives you a feel." Who Shot Thebarman, who won the Gr1 Auckland Cup last start at just his ninth outing, will face his biggest test on Saturday against a field of seasoned performers. However, McDonald is expecting a bold showing from Who Shot Thebarman saying he has high regard for trainer Mark Oulaghan's ability. "He wouldn't bring him over if he didn't think the horse was up to it," McDonald said. "His record speaks for itself. He's very good with jumpers and with stayers and obviously you have to be a very good trainer to train those horses." Who Shot Thebarman has won 6 of his 9 starts for earnings of NZ$430,535.

Who Shot Thebarman On Track For Sydney Cup

Wednesday, 26th March 2014

Patience has been a key factor behind Mark Oulaghan's training success and he's adopting the same laid-back approach with Who Shot Thebarman (Yamanin Vital-Ears Carol, by Carolingian) ahead of his upcoming Australian campaign, reports NZ Racing Desk. Oulaghan is yet to decide if the progressive stayer will have a prep race before the Sydney Cup at Randwick on 19 April and who will ride him, but isn't in a hurry to commit. "He goes over on April 6 and I'm a bit undecided at this stage, but I think he'll possibly go straight into the cup," Oulaghan said. "I think that with the weight [52kg] he's got there'll be a few of them [jockeys] available so we can be a bit flexible." The other option is to run the horse in the Gr2 Chairman's Handicap (2600m) on 12 April, a week before the Sydney Cup. Oulaghan is unconcerned that the 5YO hasn't raced since winning the Auckland Cup and said he had worked nicely since Ellerslie. "He's pretty good and came through the Auckland Cup well," he said.