Waller mare hogs the glory with impressive hitout
AWOKE beating SHILLELAGH and SMART AMELIA. Three more from Waller’s yard before moving on namely with Haire whose association with the family traces back to I Am Serious’ third Dam, All Angels, whom Haire trained win an AJC Australia Day Cup beating the Inghams Sydney winner Cross Swords.
An honourable mention is due to Waller stayer, LIBRAN, who was beaten 7.2-lengths but
only getting interested over the final stages.
Chris Waller trained horses accounted for 43 of the 77 that went around at these heats so it’s no surprise that he figures so prominently and frequently on the highlight reel.
Not a single one went poorly but you would have to put NEW UNIVERSE in the top handful of the entire Waller team on
day. This is the horse that has won four of six and created such an almighty impression when he made his Australian debut at Rosehill on May 6 turning in a win that can best be described as ‘barnstorming’.
Hugh Bowman was in the saddle in New Universe’s 900m heat and followed what would have been pretty simple and logical set of instructions; something like — drop out the back, no pressure, find line but don’t bust a gut. Done and done. Heat 3 was Waller trifecta
Shillelagh went better than Awoke, so did the fifth placed OKLAHOMA GIRL who came so far last preparation.
To think she won a Bm67 midweeker at Warwick Farm then just four starts later closed off the campaign with bronze in
Group 1 Queensland Oaks behind stablemate Egg Tart.
The aforementioned I Am Serious is not the only exciting addition to Waller camp, former Kiwi galloper QIJI PHOENIX looks a really nice horse in the making and a bit of a smoky for up coming three-year-old races or down the track possibly a another Carbine Club winner for Waller.
This son of Not A Single Doubt won his first three starts for Donna Logan and Chris Gibbs in native New Zealand culminating in the Listed Champagne Stakes at Ellerslie.
His fourth and final run for Logan Gibbs was his seventh of 18 beaten 11-lengths in the Sires over there on a heavy 8.
Qiji Phoenix ( Bowman up) was an easy but eye catching fifth of eight in a heat that saw Team Hawkes trained colt CHAUFFEUR clock diminishing 1.3-lengths second. PALMATEER, KOOKABAA and CADENCIA.
Ingham Racing’s three-yearold filly Palmateer is named after an Aussie surfer, first name, Felicity who according to Wikipedia rode the biggest wave even ridden by a female Australian surfer at Cowaramup Bombora (aka Cow Bombie) off the coast of Margaret River in her home state of WA.
If you haven’t already guessed, Palmateer (the filly) is named after the Ingham’s Little Surfer Girl.
Great win in her heat, more so for the fact that this was her very first trial.
Let’s end with a close look at two of Team Hawkes’ threeyear-old colts that will be worth a small fortune if they can win a decent stakes race which is definitely the plan given that one REFLECTIVITY is owned by Vinery Stud (mostly) while the other HONG QIGONG is outright by Sun Stud.
Interesting too that the pair are old rivals All Too Hard (Reflectivity) and Pierro (Hong Qigong) both are the sort of the colts that fall into category of ‘ whatever they did at two is a bonus, were always going to be better three-year-olds’.’ GROUP 1 winning sprinter TAKEDOWN was a predictable but no less impressive winner of the opening heat at a quick-fire round of just nine trials at Rosehill last Friday morning but had his thunder stolen away by a recent Chris Waller stable recruit in I AM SERIOUS.
Takedown first; he led and travelled strongly for all of the 1030m heat — really powered through the line like a horse of his ability should. Ticks all around for him. I Am Serious though, was absolutely sensation coming in just a half-length off Gary Moore’s big fella.
That was seriously good follow up to I Am Serious’ Aug. 8 win in a Randwick heat where she held of the handy Assimilate to win on that occasion.
I Am Serious is unbeaten in her three runs to date — all by cosy margins at Taree, Muswellbrook then Tamworth.
The daughter of Choisir is still (part) owned by her former trainer and breeder Bob
Top sprinter Takedown looked good in a trial at Rosehill last week