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3/2/2020 Group Two Light Fingers likely for Funstar


While trainer Chris Waller has an anxious few days waiting for tests on star colt Yes Yes Yes, the best filly in his stable is ready to race.

Funstar is likely to begin her campaign earlier than planned with Waller citing the Group Two Light Fingers Stakes on February 15 as a new starting point.

He was originally going to kick the Flight Stakes winner off in the Group One Surround Stakes two weeks later but would like to get her up and running before she takes on New Zealand filly Probabeel again.

Runner-up in the Flight, the Jamie Richards-trained Probabeel has already had two starts this year for two wins including the Karaka 3YO Classic.

"I might go to the Light Fingers. That horse from New Zealand, Probabeel, will probably be there (Surround) and she'll be pretty forward," Waller said.

"I shouldn't worry about other horses having runs but she's got so much speed and the Light Fingers is a pretty big race to have on the resume if you can win it.

"And it prepares you well for the Surround so we might just bring her forward two weeks from what I originally said."

Yes Yes Yes, winner of the $14 million Everest and runner-up to Bivouac in the Group One Golden Rose, missed a scheduled race day gallop at Randwick on Saturday because of a leg issue.

The colt was found to have heat in his near fore leg and will be thoroughly vetted over the next couple of days to determine the cause and the shape of his autumn campaign.

He had been earmarked to take on stablemate Nature Strip in the Group One Lightning (1000m) at Flemington on February 15.

In his absence, Kings Will Dream had a solo work-out over 1000m ahead of his return in Saturday's Group One C F Orr Stakes at Caulfield.

The winner of the Group One Turnbull Stakes in spring, Kings Will Dream will be aimed at the Sydney carnival after the Orr.

"He's come back really well. He had a good prep last time in and won a Group One race," Waller said.

"He will probably start his prep in Melbourne then come back up to Sydney for races like the Ranvet and Queen Elizabeth."