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Waller To Follow Royal Descent Path With Oaks Filly
Chris Waller will attempt to emulate the successful Australian Oaks campaign of Royal Descent with promising filly Dawn Wall, reports racingnsw.com.au. Dawn Wall, a winner of 2 of her 3 starts, will embark on the same path as Waller's 2013 Oaks winner by having her next start in the Arrowfield Kembla Grange Classic (formerly the Keith Nolan Classic) on 10 March en route to the $1 million fillies classic on 8 April. "She is going to have to drop back from 1800 metres to the mile going to Kembla but it is the best way to head to the Oaks," Waller said. "She has a bit of speed in her legs." He added: "I might think about a bit of gear with her for Kembla but I think the big track will suit her and then she can go to the Adrian Knox and the Oaks, like Royal Descent. She certainly looks like a stayer the way she won at Rosehill. She is very strong." Raced by a high-profile group of owners including the Niarchos family's Flaxman Stables and Coolmore Stud, the beautifully bred Dawn Wall is by Fastnet Rock out of the unraced Entrepreneur mare Mennetou (IRE), a half-sister to Prix de l'Arc de Triomphe winner and sire Carnegie from fellow Arc winner Detroit (Riverman-Derna, by Sunny Boy). This is the family of Cambridge Stud's deceased multiple champion sire Zabeel, Australian Guineas winner Baryshnikov, and Gr1 Cheveley Park Stakes winner Durtal.