By Glenn Davis
Chris Waller’s frustrating run of outs with his Gold Coast stable came to an end with former Sydneysider My Giuliano at Doomben on Saturday.
My Giuliano gave Waller only his second win of the new racing season when the six-year-old burst along the rails to down Brilliant Jet by 2-3/4 lengths in the Madison Cleaning Services Open Handicap (2000m).
Stablemate Montauk finished third, only a short neck away.
My Giuliano was ridden by former New Zealand jockey Michael McNab who also has had a lean time since joining Waller’s stable in June.
It was McNab’s third winner in 40 rides since crossing the Tasman to link with Waller.
Waller’s foreman Paul Shailer praised McNab for his clever ride and decision not to leave the fence.
“A few runs back and the rain assisted us and it was a lovely ride from Michael,” Shailer said.
“This was only our second winner of the season and it’s been a little quiet.
“But when we train some winners, he (Michael) will ride more winners.”
My Giuliano’s chances improved considerably when race favorite Prioritise was a shock scratching at the barriers after the club vet judged him to be lame.
Beaudesert trainer Matthew Dunn celebrated his first Saturday city winner when Beau Arrow stormed home to claim the St. Margaret’s Anglican Girls School Benchmark 70 Handicap (1050m).
Beau Arrow didn’t start his career until a late four-year-old and was successful on debut in an Ipswich Maiden in June before resuming to claim a Class 1 race at the same track last month.
The five-year-old son of Love Conquers All maintained his unbeaten record from three starts when he nailed Hi Fever on the line to score by a short half head.
Gold Coast jockey Rikki Palmer has ridden Beau Arrow in all three wins.
Beau Arrow is a half-brother to Jonker, who was one of the strong fancies in this year’s Magic Millions Classic at the Gold Coast.
He was bought by Dunn’s father off the gelding’s previous trainer Carol Allardyce, who is the mother of top jockey Jim Orman.
Dunn mixes training thoroughbreds with his career as a top polo player and horse breaker.
“Rikki left it to the last minute but she got the job done,” Dunn said.
“I didn’t get him until he was a four-year-old. He had a win problem but he’d had a tie-back operation and you wouldn’t know it when he’s fit,” Dunn said.
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