BUBBLES ’N’ Troubles announced herself as the latest Chris Waller-trained potential star with an impressive debut win at Warwick Farm on Wednesday.

The Hinchinbrook two-year-old filly, who was sent out a $6 chance, beat home the two leading chances Reelem In Ruby and Singing Sand, and jockey Corey Brown said she was one to watch.

“She was pretty casual. In the first 50m she just really relaxed,” Brown said. “The penny hasn’t dropped with her yet because she was a little bit lost when she got in front.

“She’s definitely a horse on the rise and it wouldn’t surprise me if you saw her in 12 months’ time figuring in the Group and Listed races because if she had a target she wouldn’t have chased.”

Waller representative Charlie Duckworth said the stable expected a big run from her on debut.

“It was outstanding,” he said. “She had to make her own luck and roll forward but she’s very professional and did everything right and gave a good kick at the top of the straight.”

What made the win even better was the two horses she beat home who also look like promising types for Team Snowden and Godolphin.

“I wouldn’t be surprised to see this measure up as a pretty competitive race. We hold off three in high regard so to show a clean pair of heels at the top of the straight is a credit to her and she should be able to go onwards and upwards from here,” Duckworth said.


THE punters were all over Sparkly Star as soon as markets opened for the first race at Warwick Farm on Wednesday and he didn’t let them down. He won by 1¼-lengths with Brenton Avdulla on and the top jockey thanks Gerald Ryan for the ride.

“Every now and then I’ll go into Gerald’s and gallop one and he doesn’t really tell me who they are and I galloped him and said ‘who’s this horse’ and Gerald said he was a maiden and I told him he won’t be for too much longer,” Avdulla said.

“I trialled him the other day and gave him a little squeeze on the wet ground and I knew he’d handle it. I can’t claim too much. I was just a passenger on him today.”


JEAN Van Overmeire moved to within three of Rachel King in the race to win the Sydney apprentice’s title when he got Feelin The Love home in a photo for Kris Lees.

But don’t think he’s got the title on his mind.

“Riding a winner every meeting is the main thing and you can’t put too much thought into it (title) because that’s when you start riding bad,” he said.

Lees was in the winners’ circle again 40 minutes later when Chalmers beat home Toryjoy in a Benchmark 73 Handicap (1600m). Lees feels while he’s a Saturday-class horse he might have a bit of business to complete in the bush first.

“We might look at the Grafton Guineas with the Inglis bonus attached to it,” he said.


BRENTON Avdulla was cleared of any wrongdoing over his ride on King Hewitt when it finished fourth at Canterbury on May 23.

Stewards accepted that Avdulla had no choice but to settle towards the rear of the field after the horse didn’t start evenly and also found that his decision not to shift out wide with no cover from the 500m was not unreasonable.

A review of the wagering activity available to the stewards did not reveal any irregularities.