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Chris Waller confirms Queensland Derby start for Queensland Oaks winner
The last filly to complete the Oaks/Derby double was Riva San in 2008
Chris Waller is all smiles as he is set to line up Youngstar in the Queensland Derby. (Mark Evans/Getty Images)
Champion trainer Chris Waller confirmed Youngstar as an entrant for this Saturday's Group 1 Queensland Derby at Doomben.
Seeking to become the first Oaks/Derby-double winner since Riva San in 2008, the quality filly has pulled up well after her Oaks win and will push towards the Derby.
"Youngstar has pulled up well following her win the Group 1 Queensland Oaks and the decision has been made to push on to Group 1 Queensland Derby," Waller said.
The daughter of High Chaparral was purchased for $200,000 and is looking to score a second consecutive feature race during the Brisbane Winter Carnival. Chris Waller is happy with her progress but is weary of pushing her limits.
"We will continue to monitor her progress up until Saturday morning as I have been mindful of not overtaxing her, however I was very happy with her gallop this morning and she continues to handle her time in Queensland exceptionally well," he said.
Another Queensland Derby contender is Dark Dream, which was a beaten favourite last start but had excuses according to trainer Kerry Parker.
"There’s no doubt you’ve got to forgive [his] last run. He had genuine excuses," Parker said.
"He came into scale without a shoe and a lot of wall ripped off. He pulled up ginger on it. I wasn’t sure whether that was just through the wall of the foot being ripped off. It wasn’t until we got him home that we found that it actually pierced the sole of his foot. So we just had to poultice that up."
He has recovered from the Grand Prix Stakes and he will show off his skills at track work on Tuesday morning.
"He seems to have come through it really well. He hasn’t had any infections or anything like that which is terrific,” Parker said.
"Everyone’s happy with him. I’m flying up there tonight to watch him work in the morning."
The $5.50 chance has been a popular pick for punters and Parker believes Dark Dream is an untapped type.
"He’s sort of a work in progress. He’s a little bit late to mature in the brain and everything like that. He’s still got a lot of flight in him. But he’s relatively still untapped, you know, he’s still working it out. I think his best is still ahead of him next prep,” Parker said.
“This trip away to Brisbane will really grow him up. But I think he’s top shelf."