Waller spruiks Shillelagh in Orr

Shillelagh  - Bruno Cannatelli

Bruno Cannatelli

One of three last-start Group One winners in the field, Shillelagh (NZ) (Savabeel) has been given a strong push by champion trainer Chris Waller to take out the A$500,000 C.F. Orr Stakes (1400m) on Saturday.

The Cantala Stakes winner, who chased down stablemate Tom Melbourne (Dylan Thomas) at Flemington, resumes in the seven-furlong feature.

Waller said he had the Orr picked out for the six-year-old daughter of Savabeel for some time.

"She's been set for this race first-up," Waller said.

"She's had two trials in Sydney - she's obviously a horse that races well left-handed and right-handed.

"She's got a great draw [barrier two].

"Yes, it's weight-for-age, it's some of the best horses in the country running, [but] I think she could well be one of them.

"I expect her to run well, and she'll be hard to beat."

Michael Dee retains the ride from his Group One-winning effort in the Cantala. -racing.com


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