Beaten Up dishes out cup hiding

Trainer Chris Waller believes Doomben Cup winner Beaten Up has the potential to develop into a genuine Cox Plate horse in the spring.
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The English import on Saturday won his first group 1 event in Australia thanks to a patient ride by New Zealander Leith Innes in the $500,000 feature over 2000 metres.

”He probably won’t run again until the spring,” Waller said. ”Obviously he’s got to improve to be in a Cox Plate but the lead-up races will tell you that. He’s certainly got the potential.

Waller deserves much credit for harnessing Beaten Up’s potential.

The five-year-old gelding, who is raced by Rick Smith, Bruce Mathieson and William Haggas, the son of Beaten Up’s former trainer, arrived in Australia unheralded.

”He is a horse that had potential – it was just a matter of harnessing it,” Waller said. ”Overseas he was a horse with it all in front of him but he just lost his way a bit.

”The Australian environment and different training techniques have turned him around. It’s been a matter of keeping him happy.”

Waller’s decision to start Beaten Up in the Doomben Cup came late.

”We didn’t make a definite decision until Wednesday,” Waller admitted. ”After the good draw we decided to come to Brisbane.

”He arrived in Australia with no problems other than he can be a bit of a handful on the track. He’s like an unruly teenager. He wants to do everything right, but he’s got a few quirks.”

Beaten Up has had three previous Australian starts, the latest when runner-up to Mouro in the Rowley Mile at Hawkesbury on May 4.

The Doomben Cup represented a big step up in grade but Waller was always confident Beaten Up would acquit himself well. ”We haven’t panicked with the horse. We’ve kept him short of his pet distance, which is 2000 metres. We’ve been trying to teach him to settle. It’s worked.

”Full credit must go to Leith [Innes]. He showed great patience. That’s what it takes to win group 1 races; he’s a world-class rider. It doesn’t matter where you are, whether you are at Randwick, ‘Flemming’ [Flemington] or wherever, it’s a long straight and the post is where it counts.”

Waller has known Innes since he began training in New Zealand.

”Leith was an apprentice when I started and I’ve known him for a long time,” Waller said. ”When we decided to come to Brisbane and I didn’t have a jockey I was more than happy to put Leith on.

”He rode Sacred Falls [Waller’s Doncaster Mile winner] in his first six wins back home.”

Beaten Up started at $9.

Waller also prepared the quinella with $4 chance Foreteller beaten by three-quarters of a length.

Secret Admirer ($15) was a half-head away third.

Foreteller’s jockey, Jim Cassidy, who has won three Doomben Cups aboard the mighty Rough Habit (1991-93), played wisecracker after the event. As Waller was being interviewed by the reporters, Cassidy quipped ”Bloody Chris Waller, knocking me off … Onya, mate.”

Beaten Up’s victory was Waller’s seventh group 1 triumph this racing season. Waller later said he would be honoured if he topped the group 1 list of Australian trainers.

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