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Kim Waugh brings Calabasas for the Black Opal Stakes, Forget for the National Sprint

 The last time there was a Waugh at Canberra's Black Opal Stakes Day was when Australian cricket legend Mark Waugh hosted a marquee at Thoroughbred Park four years ago.

But this time it's his wife Kim, with the Wyong trainer bringing Calabasas down for the $275,000 Black Opal Stakes (1200 metres) and Forget for the listed National Sprint (1400m) on Super Sunday.

Calabasas is a $35 shot for the Opal, which has the Peter and Paul Snowden-trained Defcon as a $1.70 favourite and James Cummings' Prized Icon next at $3.80.

But Forget ($10) seems a better chance in the Sprint, with the daughter of Exceed And Excel winning the group 3 Cameron Handicap (1500m) at Newcastle in September.

It's been a slow start this preparation for the six-year-old gelding, finishing last and second-to-last in the group 2 Expressway Stakes (1200m) and the group 3 Southern Cross Stakes (1200m) respectively.

The Snowdens' Roaring To Win is the favourite in the Sprint at $4.


"I think [Forget's a chance], that's why he's going there. After his last run he just looks like he's definitely looking for the 1400m now so I thought it was a nice race for him," Waugh said.

"He won the Cameron last October over 1500m and then he went for a spell after that - he's just had the two runs back.

"He's won a group 3 and  ... he's definitely up to that no problem.

"I haven't been down there for a few years, I'm looking forward to it. A couple of years ago we went down there [for Mark's marquee]."

Waugh hasn't nominated Calabasas for the $3.5 million Golden Slipper Stakes (1200m), the richest race for two-year-olds in the world.

She feels the son of Snitzel is more suited to a longer trip and will look at the group 1 Sires Produce Stakes (1400m) and the group 1 Champagne Stakes (1600m), both in April, as possibilities.

Waugh bred the colt out her mare Kimillsy, who ran third in the group 1 Flight Stakes (1600m) to Samantha Miss at Randwick in 2008.

Calabasas is coming off a last-start win, saluting in a two-year-old maiden (1350m) at Newcastle.

"We bred him, he's out of our mare Kimillsy, her first foal, and she was group placed and he's a real nice little horse," Waugh said.

"He's improving all the time and he won well the other day so I thought he deserved his chance in it. He's not nommed for [the Slipper], we'd go a different option.

"He's probably more of a 1400-1600m horse so we see how he gets through Sunday and then we'll work out whether we give him a run in the better races over a bit longer difference or what we do.

"I think they'd be nice races for him if he copes and stands up well, I'll probably take him there."

Meanwhile, Queanbeyan trainer Joe Cleary said Landlocked, who won the Queanbeyan and Wagga cups, will retire after his run in the $200,000 Canberra Cup (2000m) on Sunday.