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Spring Champion Stakes Tips - Waller’s colt crying out for this trip

  • Who will win the final Group 1 of the Sydney Spring Carnival?
Dealmaker (L) finishes runner-up to Tarka (pale blue)

It’s normally what a horse does during a race that stands out most when we are assessing form, but it’s what Dealmaker does after his races that has me keen on him in Saturday’s Spring Champion Stakes (2000m). 

The Chris Waller-trained son of Dundeel (It’s A Dundeel) has charged home from the rear in his two previous starts to finish 3rd in the Ming Dynasty (1400m) and then 2nd Stan Fox Stakes (1500m).

He was beaten by Danawi and Mizzy in the Ming Dynasty but then beat that pair home by 5.3 and 3.5 lengths respectively in the Stan Fox – which shows he is on the up and is improving with every start.

He was beaten a lip by Tarka last start but also beat home The Autumn Sun who has subsequently won the Group 1 Golden Rose Stakes (1400m), while Tarka has also franked the form with a 2nd placing behind Thinkin’ Big in the Gloaming Stakes (1800m).

Thinkin’ Big is a deserved favourite for the Spring Champion Stakes after his dominant front-running 2.5-length victory last start, but I just think Dealmaker will improve by a mile as he gets out to 2000m.

Which brings me back to what he has done after the finish line in his last two start. 

After being narrowly beaten in his last two runs, Dealmaker has been hard to pull up after the line and has been five or six lengths in front of the winner as they’ve travelled 150m past the post.

His post line antics just scream out ‘longer’ to me, and I have no doubt this horse is looking for Saturday’s distance and then some. 

His racing style will also benefit from stepping up in trip, and with two trials and two runs over 1400m and 1500m, he’s fit enough.

Although he finished last of six in a recent barrier trial over 1050m, the trial served its purpose as he was soft early but was given a real testing hit-out from last which would have topped him off perfectly.

Paul Snowden once told me “it’s not what you do in a trial that counts, it’s what you get out of it” – and that’s the important factor to remember when looking at Dealmakers latest trial. 

He has good form around some of the leading contenders and appears to be crying out for longer, and if Damien Oliver can get him to the outside on the big Randwick track, he’ll be storming home over the top of them. 


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Spring Champion Stakes Tips - Waller’s colt crying out for this trip

It’s normally what a horse does during a race that stands out most when we are assessing form, but it’s what Dealmaker does after his races that has me keen on him in Saturday’s Spring Champion Stakes (2000m).

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