Waller undaunted by quick Shaquero turnaround

14 March 2021 02:08:08 GMTPlus10

Chris Waller is confident Pago Pago Stakes winner Shaquero can cope with a seven-day back up as he prepares to take his chance in the Golden Slipper Stakes on Saturday.

Shaquero was a narrow winner of the Pago Pago Stakes at Rosehill, holding off the fast-finishing Tiger Of Malay by a short head, with Mazu a further neck back in third.

By landing the Group 3 contest, the two-year-old colt has won a golden ticket into the Slipper, which is run over the same course and distance as the Pago Pago.

Shaquero had raced the week before his dominant Magic Millions 2YO Classic victory on the Gold Coast in January and finds himself with the same conditions leading into Saturday's $3.5 million Golden Slipper.

When asked if he needed any persuasion to run the son of Shalaa, Waller was adamant the quick turnaround wouldn't pose a problem.

"No, it's a similar profile," Waller said. "In fact, he ran a week before the Magic Millions and he does pretty well in between runs. He needs to be kept up to the mark and he'll be fitter again in seven days."

Shaquero seems to be maturing with racing, and Waller was impressed with some of the improvement he took today.

"Firstly it was good to see him settle," Waller said. "And it was good to see him push out and sustain a good gallop and he held off the challengers late."

The barrier draw for the Golden Slipper will be conducted on Tuesday and Shaquero is a 26.00 for the Group 1 showpiece.

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