It’s wall-to-wall Waller in Sydney
SYDNEY’S premier trainer Chris Waller will set a record at Randwick on Saturday when he saddles up 11 of the 16 runners in the Group 2 Chelmsford Stakes.
Waller’s army also sets another record for NSW racing, the first time a trainer has run nine Group 1 winners in a single race in Sydney.
The trainer said he has “got the highest respect’’ for the John O’Shea-trained Hartnell ($3.20) and Gai Waterhouse’s Pornichet ($4.60).
“I think there’s three from our stable – Kermadec, Royal Descent and I reckon Beaten Up isn’t hopeless for the punters looking for one at double-figure odds, although he’ll be better when he gets over further,” Waller said.
His glamour mare Royal Descent broke through for the first time since her 10length ATC Oaks win in 2013 when she powered away with the Warwick Stakes a fortnight ago, leaving Beaten Up and Kermadec in her wake.
“Royal Descent certainly wasn’t fully wound-up when she won the Warwick Stakes and she’s improved nicely into this,’’ Waller said.
“Kermadec has probably improved a little more, certainly in what you can notice, but Royal Descent would be the pick of our horses.”
Waller has three Melbourne Cup hopes running in the Chelmsford that have already qualified for the 2015 edition of the great race – Who Shot Thebarman, Grand Marshal and Preferment.
Waller also has last year’s Group 1 Metropolitan Handicap winner Opinion, Moriarty and I’m Imposing in the race.
JAMES Cummings scored a double on his first day of training solo when the aptly named The Special Two won at Canterbury yesterday.
Bart Cummings’s death on Sunday left his grandson with the responsibility of managing the most notable stable in Australian racing history.
The 25-year-old had nine runners at Canterbury with the first three unplaced.
But then race fans watched a pair of brilliant training performances, starting with Nazir winning first-up over 1580m.
Winning rider Tim Clark said: “I think what you’ve just seen is the start of many winners from a trainer that’s learnt from the best.”
Second winner The Special Two is part-owned by the stable staff after Cummings elected to hand out any winnings to a staff syndicate.