Com­ing through in style af­ter Hall of Fame in­duc­tion

The Sunday Telegraph (Sydney) - - RACING - MARK OBERHARDT DOOMBEN CUP

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.

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