Punters put faith in Waller's Kelinni to take out Sydney Cup

PUNTERS have backed leading Sydney trainer Chris Waller to continue his recent run of winners in Saturday's Group 2 $500,000 Sydney Cup (3200m) at Randwick.

Waller led in a Group 1 double at Randwick last Saturday with Royal Descent taking out the Oaks and Sacred Falls edging out Pierro in the Doncaster Mile.

Betting agencies have listed the Waller-trained Kelinni to nake it a treble in the Sydney Cup after the Irish galloper strode away in the JRA Plate (2000m) on Saturday.

After the win, Waller said he was confident the five-year-old could back up just seven days later.

"We won't know until Saturday, but he backed up three days after winning the Lexus to run fourth in the Melbourne Cup (last year)," he said.

Kelinni was heavily backed to win the JRA Plate, and Sportingbet's Andrew Brown told racenet.com.au the money had come again.

"He was $4.20 after the race, and we've taken two bets of $5000 at that price and one of $4000," Brown said.
"I expect him to start shorter when the final field is announced."

Meanwhile the French invasion looks set to continue at Caulfield on Saturday after Flemington trainer Mark Kavanagh nominated four-year-old Aribaa for the $80,000 Benchmark 89 Handicap (1400m).

The son of Halling has raced seven times in France for one win - a 3yo handicap over 1800m at Chantilly last September.

If Aribaa does face the starter it would come less than five weeks after another Kavanagh import, Sharalam, won his first Australian start in impressive fashion over the same distance at Sandown.

The benchmark 89 handicap has attracted 35 nominations, including Brisbane Cup placegetter De Fine Lago and the lightly-raced Mick Kent runner Good Value.

Also nominated is former Gai Waterhouse four-year-old Strawberry Boy who was being touted as a Caulfield Cup prospect last year.

The son of Redoute's Choice is owned by John Singleton and has since been transferred to the Peter Moody stable.

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