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Doomben hero leads Waller treble.

Byline: Nancy Sexton

METAL BENDER Race analysis Metal Bender was the showpiece of a fine treble for trainer Chris Waller at the Brisbane winter racing carnival at Doomben on Saturday.

The four-year-old gelding's victory in the Group 1 Doomben Cup was accompanied by Waller also sending out Stryker (by Fastnet Rock) to win the Group 3 BTC Classic for three-year-olds and Pressday (Domesday) to land the Group 2 Bollinger Champagne Classic for juveniles.

Waller also saddled the Doomben Cup third, Triple Honour. It has been a southern-hemisphere season to remember for the Sydney trainer, who has sent out Danleigh to win the Manikato Stakes and George Ryder Stakes, and Rangirangdoo to land the Doncaster Mile.

Coming in to the straight, Metal Bender was being scrubbed along in midfield by Kerrin McEvoy (right) behind the long-time leader Sir Time Keeper and did not look a likely winner. But the complexion of the race soon changed and the finish was fought out by him, Triple Honour and the Gai Waterhouse-trained Gold Water. Metal Bender prevailed by a head in a bobbing finish.

Road To Rock, winner of last month's Group 1 Queen Elizabeth II Stakes at Randwick, was two lengths behind Triple Honour in fourth, on his racing swansong before taking up stud duty at Wellfield Lodge in New Zealand.

This was Metal Bender's third win at the highest level, having won the Royal Randwick Guineas and Rosehill Guineas for his former trainer Allan Denham in March 2009. He is now booked for a few week's recuperation before a possible tilt at the Group 2 PJ O'Shea Stakes at Eagle Farm next month, with the Cox Plate in October a long-term target. Pedigree The importance of the export of broodmare Princess Tracy to the southern hemisphere in the late 1980s has already been discussed on these pages this year - after her maternal granddaughter Typhoon Tracy collected the fourth of her five Group 1 wins in February's Futurity Stakes.

Princess Tracy also plays a pivotal role in the breeding of Metal Bender. The gelding's sire, Danasinga, a Group 1 winner who finished runner-up in the Doomben Cup himself, is a son of Danehill and Princess Tracy, making him a half-brother to Typhoon Tracy's dam Tracy's Element, a champion juvenile filly in South Africa.

Danasinga this year embarks on his 15th stud season, but his first at Touchstone Farm in Western Australia, where he joins three other stallions including 2007 2,000 Guineas runner-up Vital Equine on the roster. As well as Metal Bender, his previous stints at Waikato Stud in New Zealand and at Baerami Thoroughbreds in New South Wales yielded Group 1 winners Piachay and Portland Singa.

Bred by Waikato Stud in New Zealand, Metal Bender is out of the winning Bluebird mare Jacqwin, a half-sister to Keeper, winner of the Group 1 Goodwood Handicap in Australia and now a leading young sire in New Zealand, with four Group 1 winners - Insouciant, Keepa Cruisin, Keep The Peace and Linky Dink - to his name. Keeper is by Danehill, so is closely related to Metal Bender.

Jacqwin and Keeper - as well as Australian Group 1-placed sprinter Downing Street - are out of the unraced Pleasant Colony mare Nuwirah, who was bred in America and exported to Australasia. She, in turn, was produced by American-raced Secretarial Queen, runner-up in the Grade 1 Hollywood Oaks and also ancestress of Santa Anita Derby and Shoemaker Breeders' Cup Mile winner Castledale, and the smart Clive Brittain-trained handicapper Al Muheer. Nancy Sexton
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Title Annotation:Sports
Publication:The Racing Post (London, England)
Geographic Code:8AUST
Date:May 27, 2010
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