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Queen Elizabeth Stakes a possible target for Junoob

Chris Waller will consider Junoob for a start in the $4 million Queen Elizabeth Stakes at Royal Randwick on April 19 following his win in the Neville Selwood Stakes.

Waller had reservations as to whether Junoob would handle the heavy conditions and even considered scratching but the imported galloper’s class was enough to score a tight win over Hippopus and Lucky Lago.

Entirely Platinum, who was heavily backed in to favourite, appeared to have control of the race turning in to the home straight but struggled to extend in the conditions and battled late to run fourth.
“If there was a similar race for him next week I would have scratched and gone there but there wasn’t anything suitable for him,” Waller said.

“We basically came here today thinking he wouldn’t handle the track, and I am still not convinced he did.

“We didn’t have many other options, we were forced to run and I am glad we did now because at the 400m mark I was kicking myself thinking what have I done to this horse.

“The Queen Elizabeth has to come in to calculations now, he is fit and racing very well, he loves 2000m.

“In the past you might consider a horse like him not good enough but the carnival has changed. If you have a horse fit, who can make the field, I think you have to have a throw at the stumps because the prizemoney is so strong.”