Sydney three-year-old Sambro has put a recent barrier disaster behind him to give trainer Chris Waller his fourth feature race quinella of the Queensland winter carnival.
Sambro ($8.50) fought bravely to hold his stablemate Seaway ($4.80) by half a length in the Gr. 2 Queensland Guineas at Doomben today. Caloundra galloper Magnufighter ($51) ran the best race of his career for third oane and a quarter lengths back.
Kiwi colt Karisto raced on the speed throughout and after appearing to be fading with 300 metres to run, he fought back bravely and just missed third place.
Waller was quick to praise noted horse-breaker and former trainer Greg Bennett for Sambro's win. At Doomben two weeks ago, Sambro was scratched at the barriers after rearing up, but there was no signs of that behavious today as he jumped with the field and was given a perfect ride by Michael Walker.
"Sambro's a funny horse but Greg took him after his previous start barrier problems and has worked with him. He has obviously done a good job," Waller said.
"Sambro won the Hawkesbury Guineas in April and he was an unlucky second in the Carbine Club Stakes at Flemington in the spring, so he deserved another stakes win."
Waller said he was considering whether to run Sambro in the Gr. 3 Sunshine Coast Guineas in a fortnight.
Waller has already provided the quinella in the Gr. 1 Doomben Cup (Comin' Through and Egg Tart), Gr. 1 Queensland Oaks (Youngstar and Another Dollar) and Gr. 2 BRC Sires' Produce (Lean Mean Machine and Zousain). Waller also won the Gr. 2 PJ O'Shea Stakes with Egg Tart at Caloundra last week.
Walker was distressed after the ride and was assisted to the jockeys' room. He stood down from the ride on Naval Warfare in the following race, the Brisbane Cup.