Permit & Strike One In Doubt For Summer Cup 2011

December 20th, 2011

Sydney’s premier trainer Chris Waller may have no runners in the Group 3 Summer Cup at Rosehill on December 26, 2011.

Waller has currently nominated both Permit and Strike One for the Summer Cup 2011, however, it is unclear whether either of them will run.

Strike One will have to prove he is a chance in the race in a barrier trial after finishing ninth of ten in the Listed Christmas Cup last start.

The seven-year-old gelding proved he is capable of getting the job done when winning the Flinders Lane Shirt Handicap at Rosehill on November 12.

Should Strike One show his true ability in a barrier trial, Waller will have no hesitation running him in the 2011 Summer Cup.

“We are right on for the Summer Cup,” Waller said.

“Strike One will have to trial well to go to the race.”

Permit is on target for a win in the 2011 Summer Cup after winning the Schweppes Handicap a Warwick Farm last Saturday.

However, Waller is concerned that he may be slugged too high a weight to be a fair chance.

“Permit needs a fair weight if he is to run.”

Waller acquired the two horses from Europe and is looking at long term targets such as the Sydney Cup, particularly for Permit.

“They had similar form lines in France,” he said.

“I think the Sydney Cup would be a realistic aim for Permit.”

Trainer Tim Martin will line up Scouting Wide in the Summer Cup 2011.

The Zabeel seven-year-old will be ridden in the race by jockey Jimmy Cassidy.

“He’s the sort of horse Jim Cassidy will suit,” Martin said.

Scouting Wide finished second in the Schweppes Handicap behind Permit last start.

“From a Summer Cup point of view his run was great,” the trainer said.

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