No stopping him … Chris Waller has a small team entered at Warwick Farm.CHRIS WALLER’S thoroughbred stocks for a Saturday meeting in town normally reach double figures but the Kiwi has only six runners scheduled for Warwick Farm tomorrow.
The two-time premiership-winning trainer’s team is headed by Kelinni, which is out to repay the faithful, having finished second as a $2.05 favourite last time around.
Kelinni will be joined by stablemate Shawnee Girl in the TAB Sportsbet, which is one of eight races that attracted a paltry total of 73 runners when acceptances were taken on Wednesday.
”A cross-over period,” Waller said shortly after winning another metropolitan-class race at Newcastle on Wednesday to go alongside the four he won on the opening day of the season at Canterbury last Saturday.
”A point where the winter horses are on the way out, or have been sent out, and the spring horses are on the way back. The spring horses may not be quite fit enough to run at this stage.
”Jade Marauder is a good example. She has had the one trial and is 90 per cent fit but she had 59 kilograms in the Rosebud at Warwick Farm and was up against the opposite sex.
”She will trial on Monday and head for the Princess series.”
Kelinni was beaten by stablemate Stout Hearted when resuming at Rosehill and then let favourite backers down when failing to beat Brave The Way, which has won subsequently.
”He is third-up and ready to run a strong 2200 metres,” Waller said.
”He may have been a little flat second-up but still finished second behind Brave The Way. He should be nearing his peak tomorrow.
”Shawnee Girl finished second to Brave The Way at Warwick Farm, so she won’t be far away.”
Waller has booked last season’s champion New Zealand apprentice Jason Collett for the ride on Thumbtacks in the Kari Aboriginal Resources. ”Thumbtacks is normally a Schofield horse, Glyn or Chad, but Chad had a ride for his boss, which didn’t accept, but we’d all ready booked Jason. It is Jason’s first ride back in Australia and punters should note he claims 1.5kg, not the 2kg published earlier in the week.”
Collett has already had a successful stint working under Waller and the trainer is confident the winning will continue. ”Jason is here to finish off his apprenticeship and establish his career,” Waller said.
”He is a good worker, very disciplined, and our team is going to help him out.”
What about Thumbtacks?
”The horse is in career-best form,” Waller replied while laughing. ”He improves five centimetres every time he goes to the races. He just keeps getting better and better, he is one of those types.”
In the opening event, Waller has ”the well-bred filly” Kristy Lee, another of the Ingham family’s horses.
”She ran really well first-up when fifth behind She’s A Fox, which is going to start favourite in the Rosebud,” Waller said. ”Kristy Lee hit the line, it was what we wanted to see and the step up to 1400m is perfect.”
Waller isn’t sure what to make of Ingham Magic in the Zoffany At Coolmore. The mare was a noticeable ring wobbler when resuming to beat two home at Rosehill on June 16. ”She needs to improve on Saturday,” Waller said. ”We’ve struggled to work her out, I’m not confident I’ve got her firing on all cylinders.”
Coup Ay Tee goes into The Bledisloe Cup Handicap having enjoyed a change of riding tactics when ridden back and running home to win at Rosehill on July 21.
”He did good job dropping back in distance last start,” Waller said.
”We’ve tried to keep everything the same to get a consistent pattern with his form. We intended to ride him in front of a couple last start but from the wide draw he got back to last. We’ll attempt to have a few behind us on Saturday from a good barrier draw.”
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