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Shraaoh toughs it out in the mud, long term aim is Sydney Cup

6 November 2018 3:05 AM
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Shraaoh has had a rather more low-key preparation than that pair, having got through quarantine and then been kept ticking over at Waller's Flemington stable until the right opportunity presented.

That came on Cup Day in the supporting staying race, the Ronald McDonald House Charities Plate, where the $6.50 shot proved too good for 13 rivals under Kerrin McEvoy, scoring from the Darren Weir-trained pair Steel Prince and Azuro in the 2800-metre contest.

He has a long way to go - Shraaoh only raced off a rating of 84 in this event - but Waller said that with improvement he might be back here again this time next year for the Cup.

He paid tribute to the gelding's former trainer, Harry Fry, for getting him to a high level of fitness before he left the UK in September.

''We backed the English fitness. He hasn't trialled, which we would normally have done and we have just done basic ground work with him,'' said Waller. It's similar to what we do with our stayers, but he has come here very fit.


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