Road To Epsom Starts Saturday For Bayroan

Chris Waller

Chris Waller could target the Epsom Handicap with Brayroan if he can win on the weekend at Rosehill

With the amount of talent oozing out of the Chris Waller stable it can be pretty hard to stand out from the crowd but if four year old Brayroan can win this weekend that’s exactly what he will do.

The gelding has started just nine times so far in his career and his 10th will be in the Wholesalers Handicap over 1400m on Saturday at Rosehill Gardens.

He’ll be first up from a nearly six month long spell and is rated as the massive threat in the race.

He started off his career racing for Anne-Marie Ruttley out of Cobbityy in rural New South Wales and plugged his way around the rural tracks.

He didn’t show too much at all in his first two races but a second at Broadmeadow gave some hope.

After that he came out and ran third at Warwick Farm before being spelled again ahead of what turned out to be a break-out season.

Under the guidance of Waller Brayroan finished second first up last prep and then claimed his maiden two weeks later.

That kicked off a nice streak stretching to four wins on the trot including victories at Canterbury and two at Randwick.

He’s out to stretch that to five on Saturday and if he can the Epsom becomes a very real possibility.

“It is, without getting carried away, and he’ll take small steps towards it,” Waller said.

“We did a similar thing with Rangirangdoo a couple of years ago, we spaced his runs and ran him when the time was right and he just got beaten a nose in the Epsom that year before going to Melbourne to win a good race.

“We’ll try and follow a similar path (with Brayroan).”

He has had two trials to prepare for this run and on Tuesday he cantered around a 1030m trip taking his time to plod home second last.

Waller says he’s looking in good shape to keep his streak alive and he’ll be given every chance by class jockey Glyn Schofield.

“He’s a typical Zabeel horse that has continued to mature and I think he’s in for a pretty good preparation,” Waller said.

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