Triple Honour to step up in distance
Triple Honour could be a surprise starter in the Stayers’ Cup at Rosehill with trainer Chris Waller keen to take a step into the unknown and start the 2008 Doncaster winner over 3200 metres.
After running third in the Group One Doomben Cup won by stablemate Metal Bender, Triple Honour raced over 2200 metres to claim victory in the Eagle Farm Cup.
That effort has kindled a desire to target the Caulfield and Melbourne Cups with the gelding and if the weight is right on Saturday, Triple Honour will be given his chance at the marathon distance.
“I’ll speak to the handicapper tomorrow but if he can get in with 60 kilos then we can test out whether he can stay,” Waller said.
“If he can, then we can go for the dream of the Caulfield and Melbourne Cups in the spring.
“We are entitled to dream, it’s everyone’s dream to go there.
“He is a very clean-winded horse and his form this time in has been great.
“He is racing a lot straighter than he used to and it’s taken a while to work out that it seems he doesn’t like the whip.”
Waller’s other option for Triple Honour is to give him a break and get him ready for the rich Perth summer carnival.
Since he won the Doncaster as a three-year-old, Triple Honour has mixed his form until recently with his autumn also netting a second to Road To Rock in the Group One Queen Elizabeth Stakes.
His stablemates Bellagio Wynn and Strike One will also be entered for the Stayers’ Cup which has been extended from 2400 metres.
Winter Cup winner Twin Wing will be among the runners as he continues his build-up to next month’s Grafton Cup.
Trained by Guy Walter, Twin Wing’s victory in the Winter Cup (2400m) was his first for two years during which he racked up a frustrating amount of minor placings including a close third in the 2009 Grafton Cup.
“He has done very well and is coming along nicely towards Grafton,” Walter said.
Stablemate Yallingup, fifth in the Winter Cup, will be dropped back in distance for his next start.
The Bart Cummings-trained Yaqubi, who chased Twin Wing home in the Winter Cup but failed by a length to peg him back, will also line up in Saturday’s distance feature.
By Caryl Williamson