Not too taxing as Waller smashes his national prizemoney record
IT didn’t take long for champion trainer Chris Waller to break the national prizemoney record yesterday.
As Dagny returned to winning form at Rosehill Gardens, it was enough for Waller to break the record of $30,251,080, set by him two years ago.
Waller described Kerrin McEvoy’s rails-hugging effort on Dagny as “pure genius” as the mare took out the Ere- mein Handicap (1800m). Dagny’s win following stablemate Gresham’s success took Waller’s stable earnings to more than $30.4 million — with nearly two months of the 2017-18 season to go!
“I will probably go into the hall of fame at the Tax department,’’ he joked.
“But what has been most noticeable to me this season has been our metropolitan wins. We opened a Brisbane stable from August 1 which has taken a little away from our Melbourne stable. But to have three stables has r e- ally complemented our business .’’
The Hall of Fame trainer has already claimed a national prizemoney record for the season but he is going to set all sorts of records before the end of July, including:
Dagny’s win was Waller’s 283rd for 2017-18 on all tracks, a career best;
He has 160 wins on Sydney racetracks and will break his all-time record of 169 set in 2015-16;
With 213 wins on all metropolitan tracks so far, Waller has already set a personal best f or ci t y winners; and
Waller, with 12 Group 1 winners this season, will claim the national Group 1 title for a record fifth straight year and is closing on his best effort of 15 majors from two seasons ago.
Dagny ($4.20 favourite) was ridden brilliantly by McEvoy, saving ground on the turn and dashing between runners to score by three-quarters of a length from Harper’s Choice ($4.60) with Black On Gold ($14) a short-neck away third. “Kerrin’s ride was pure genius and it proved the difference,’’ Waller said.
“Time and time again we are paranoid about jockeys being caught on the inside and it often takes away a jockey’s craft in assessing a race.
“I actually told Kerrin the mare will be back near last, get her into a three-wide line from the 600m and then get her to the middle of the track.
“Kerrin did the opposite but by going along the rail from the 800m he saved at least four lengths.’’