Not too tax­ing as Waller smashes his na­tional prize­money record

The Sunday Telegraph (Sydney) - - RACING - RAY THOMAS

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.’’

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