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Chris Waller’s Permit steals Travolta’s big moment at Randwick

Outside chance: Blake Shinn rode Permit (No.2) to victory in the Tatersalls Club Cup. He was later suspended. Photo: Anthony JohnsonChris Waller’s Sydney staying arsenal again left a sour taste in the mouth of the Gai Waterhouse camp after Permit gunned down tearaway leader Travolta in the Tattersalls Club Cup on Wednesday.
Nanjing Night Net

Six days after I’m Imposing fought back to beat Travolta in the group 3 Summer Cup on Boxing Day, this time it was Permit’s turn to steal a stakes success from Tulloch Lodge in the listed feature at Randwick.

It was the seven-year-old’s second straight black-type success, capping a remarkable return to form after winning the Christmas Cup on the Kensington track last month. Permit was a one-time Sydney Cup favourite, but badly lost his form last season before Waller weaved his magic again.

Waller will toy with starting Permit, which was forced to do the donkey work lugging the field up behind Travolta, in the Australia Day Cup over the same course and distance.

”We won’t be setting him for The BMW or anything like that during the carnival, we’ll just take one race at a time,” Waller said. ”[I’ll] try to talk the handicapper into not giving him too much weight. He has done his job, but what do you do? Do you wait and he might come back and find it tough? Or there’s the Australia Day Cup over 2400 metres, where we might have a few going for that.”

Joe Pride’s Destiny’s Kiss was favourite at $2.10 in the Tattersalls Club Cup, but couldn’t reel in the leading pair after having every chance from near the back of the field. Despite stumbling out of the gates, Adam Hyeronimus whisked Travolta to the lead and he opened up a big mid-race break while Permit led the chasing brigade.

But Hyeronimus was again left with that sinking feeling after Permit collared Waterhouse’s runner in the shadow of the winning post. It was Waller’s second straight win in the headline act on New Year’s Day after Moriarty won the corresponding race last year.

”He just keeps rolling and doesn’t give in,” Waller said of Permit. ”It was a classic English staying race and I guess you can say he just outstayed them. You could say he had a pacemaker out in front which kept giving him something to chase. It didn’t fall off at the 400-metre mark and it kept him honest all the way to the line.

”He’s just a perfect gentleman [at home]. We don’t have a stable pony – we’re one of the few stables that don’t – but he might be putting his hand up one day.”

Added jockey Blake Shinn: ”You’ve just got to take your hat off to Chris. [Permit] has got that spark back in him. A couple of preparations ago he took all before him in the staying ranks and he might win a really good race this autumn over a staying distance. We found a great rhythm and when it got into a dogfight he was there for me.”

Hyeronimus lamented Travolta’s slow start and the big weight of 59 kilograms as the five-year-old fell a short neck shy of his second listed win of the summer.

”He’s not jumping really clean, which probably isn’t helping,” he said. ”He’s giving me a bit to do to get to the front. He rolled along nice and picked up well at the 600 [metres]. He’s getting found out a little bit with the weight, and the blinkers can probably come off now over the 2400 [metres].”

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