Tom Melbourne ready to win again

17 May 2018 02:03:05 EST

Champion trainer Chris Waller has six runners in Saturday's Group 1 Doomben Cup (2000m) and his Queensland stable believe an upset could be on the cards.

Waller has half of the field with Satono Rasen, Comin' Through, Tom Melbourne, Egg Tart, Life Less Ordinary and One Foot In Heaven all set to race.

Tom Melbourne may not be the most fancied, but Waller's Queensland foreman Paul Shailer believes he has what it takes to come out on top.

The seven-year-old has finished second on ten occasions since recording his last win way back in March 2016, but could be in line to shed his bridesmaid tag this weekend.

Shailer was also encouraged by his display in the Group 2 Hollindale Stakes (1800m) on the Gold Coast.

"I know you are going to laugh at me - and some people might think I've gone mad - but I do like Tom Melbourne in the (Doomben) Cup," Shailer said.

"His work has been really good and he beat all the others (Waller stablemates) home in the Hollindale.

"He has been quite an aggressive horse by nature sometimes in the past, but he just seems a more relaxed and happy horse since arriving in Queensland.

"Everyone was saying after the Hollindale he got beaten again and ran second again, but he was beaten by a horse (Oregon's Day) who ran really well.

"I'm going to throw my neck on the line with Tom Melbourne, I really think he is going well."

Meanwhile, Youngstar is 5/4 to land the Queensland Oaks on 26th May, with Another Dollar at 9/2 and Play That Song 12/1.

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