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Waller respectful

Champion trainer Chris Waller respects his jockey Hugh Bowman's decision to take a break for the rest of the season, but doesn’t believe it will have a major impact on his operation.

Bowman has been a key part of Waller's team, most notably with the recently retired champion Winx (Street Cry {Ire}).

On Friday, the jockey pulled out of the Gold Coast meeting and signalled his intention to take an extended break, citing exhaustion. "I respect Hugh's decision and he needs a break. However, don't forget this time last year Hugh went to Japan," Waller said.

Hugh Bowman and Chris Waller

Trainer bullish

Greg Eurell is confident Star Missile (Smart Missile) is in the right order to make an impact in the G1 South Australian Derby.

"I think he's a live chance coming into next week," the Cranbourne trainer said. "I thought his run last start was enormous. He covered a lot of ground and certainly looked the winner at one stage.”

Future undecided

Trainer Jason Warren is still unsure whether Brooklyn Hustle (Starspangledbanner) will be kept to sprints or stretch out to the G1 Thousand Guineas distance.

Brooklyn Hustle

"She has just started at Rosemont's pre-training," Warren said. "She will just have a month there with them and then she will come across to us.

"We'll probably give her a couple of starts in the usual 3-year-old fillies’ races at the start of the spring and then we'll decide whether we stretch her out to a mile or stay at the short trips.”

Ryan bullish

Two recent barrier trials have convinced Gerald Ryan that Deploy (Fastnet Rock) is ready to return to the races after a forgettable year.

Deploy's 2018 autumn was cut short when he was found to have bone bruising and bone chips and he had 10 months away from the track. His summer campaign was short lived with Ryan unhappy with his form.

But after a trial win on April 12 followed by a third in another behind Zousain (Zoustar) on April 26, Deploy is primed for the Listed Luskin Star S. at the showpiece Scone meeting on Saturday.


No fractures

Apprentice Lachlan King has been cleared of any fractures after a race fall at Flemington.

He was aboard the Liam Howley-trained Belgravia (Ire) (Galileo {Ire}) in Saturday's Brew H. at Flemington and was dislodged when the horse suffered a serious injury and was later euthanised. King was taken to Epworth Hospital and was complaining of elbow and knee soreness.

"Doctors at Epworth Hospital have advised that X-rays have cleared Lachlan King of any fractures. Just severe bruising," the Victorian Jockeys' Association said.

Patience rewarded

Talented filly Burgundy Belle (NZ) (Burgundy {NZ}) made it three wins from five starts when successful in the Crown Prosecutor Cup on Sunday.

Burgundy Belle

She had been in the reckoning for last week’s G3 Cambridge Breeders’ S., but connections were happy to wait and were rewarded an easy success on a heavy Trentham track.

“It looked ideal because she can handle heavy ground and we’d been pleased with her work,” trainer Jamie Richards said.