Waller's bender stays on schedule

Missing a barrier trial lead-up to the Warwick Stakes could work in favour of multiple Group One winner Metal Bender, trainer Chris Waller says.

Metal Bender is among a host of stakeswinners who had their early spring preparations thrown out of kilter when Thursday’s Warwick Farm barrier trials were called off because of Sydney’s wet weather.

Four heats for Group and Listed-performed horses will be held over to Monday but Metal Bender will stay in his Rosehill box when they are being run.

“It’s unlikely he will trial again but it’s no concern,” Waller said.

“If anything, it will probably keep him a little bit sharper for the Warwick Stakes.”


The Warwick Stakes, a traditional Sydney starting point for spring Cups horses, will be run at Warwick Farm on Saturday week.

Metal Bender’s stablemate Triple Honour is also Warwick Stakes-bound and he will trial – as planned – over 800 metres on Monday.

In his first preparation under Waller’s care, Metal Bender claimed a Brisbane winter carnival weight-for-age double, highlighted by his Doomben Cup win.

His first public outing since the Doomben Cup resulted in a Rosehill trial placing over 900 metres when he railed late under heavyweight jockey Hugh Bowman.

Australian Jockey Club officials were forced to abandon 12 other Thursday trials to protect the Warwick Farm A grass track ahead of Tuesday’s trackwork.

Extra Warwick Farm barrier trials have been scheduled for August 23.