Former Haggas-trained Beaten Up lands Group 1
Report: Australia, Saturday
Doomben: Doomben Cup (Group 1) 1m2f, turf, 3yo+
THE former William Haggas-trained Beaten Up (Chris Waller/Leith Innes) maintained his trainer's dominance of Group 1 weight-for-age races this autumn as he led home stablemate Foreteller in a one-two for Chris Waller.
Shoot Out was the premier Sydney trainer's sole spring Group 1 winner in the George Main Stakes and started the ball rolling for Waller in the autumn in the Chipping Norton Stakes at Warwick Farm. Foreteller continued the trend in the Ranvet Stakes at Rosehill while Reliable Man won the Queen Elizabeth Stakes, both at weight-for-age.
Royal Descent (Australian Oaks) and Sacred Falls (Doncaster Mile) also won in Sydney with Beaten Up giving Waller his seventh Group 1 win for the season.
The Cox Plate is now an option for Beaten Up, a five-year-old who won the St Simon Stakes for Haggas in October 2011.
Waller commented: "We always knew he had the potential to be a Group 1 winner and it's been a matter of teaching him to relax and gain some confidence.
"He had it all in front of him as a young horse but he lost his way and it's taken him until now to rediscover that early form. I'd describe him as being like an unruly teenager. He wants to do the right thing but he's got a few quirks."
Waller was full of praise for the ride of winning jockey, New Zealander Leith Innes, who brought 8-1 shot Beaten Up with a well-timed finish to defeat the favourite Foreteller by three-quarters of a length.