Coming through in style after Hall of Fame induction
CHRIS Waller celebrated his induction into the Australian Racing Hall of Fame with the quinella in the Group 1 at Doomben yesterday.
Waller brought up his 82nd Group 1 and 11th this season when Comin’ Through ($9) scored by a short-neck from stablemate Egg Tart ($15) in the Doomben Cup. Ambitious ($9.50) finished 1¼ lengths away third.
He said it was the perfect way to celebrate the honour.
“I suppose I am living the dream,’’ Waller said. “But a lot of hard work from a lot of people goes into the success of the stable and winning Group 1 races is a reward for everyone.”
He said the stable had earmarked Comin’ Through as a Group 1 winner but a gelding operation had been the making of the horse.
Jockey Michael Walker, who brought up his third Group 1 win of the season, said he was never confident at any stage as the horse did not travel.
“I am just pleased he got there in the end for Chris because he’s very easy to ride for,’’ Walker said.
“He gave me no instruc- tions which gives the jockeys a lot of confidence.”
Comin’ Through will go for a spell with the spring in mind but Egg Tart will probably continue on in Brisbane at the winter carnival.
“Today was the first time she got out to a distance near the one when she won the Queensland Oaks,” Waller said.
“I might give her a chance in the Brisbane Cup or something if the connections want to press on.”
Leith Innes, who rode Egg Tart, said the mare got left in front too soon and the winner was too strong.
Craig Williams (Ambitious) said his mount was a work in progress. “He is a real Jekyll and Hyde to ride but on the line he was as strong as anything,” he said.