Newspaper article Sunshine Coast Daily (Maroochydore, Australia)

Waller Keeps Close Eye on Sky

Newspaper article Sunshine Coast Daily (Maroochydore, Australia)

Waller Keeps Close Eye on Sky

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THE conditions at Randwick today will be telling in the fortunes of Chris Waller's five runners in the $400,000 Group One Metropolitan.

Randwick was a drying slow (6) yesterday but rain was predicted for today.

Wet-tracker Hawk Island, who will be joined by Sydney Cup winner Stand To Gain, Illustrious Blue, The Verminator and the retiring Bellagio Wynn in the Metropolitan, will appreciate it if he gets a rain-affected surface.

C[pounds sterling]Hawk Island has drawn awkwardly (16) and we'll probably just ride him a bit conservatively to make sure that we don't bottom him out. There's still the Caulfield Cup and Melbourne Cup to think about with him,C[yen] Waller said. C[pounds sterling]A wet track won't worry him and he's going well.C[yen]

A wide draw (18) for Wyong Cup winner The Verminator means he is likely to roll forward early to take up a position.

C[pounds sterling]Hopefully, he gets in and he'll appreciate some cut in the ground. …

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