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Waller weekly news JANUARY 31, 2014
Feeling the LOVE! Champagne Cath and connections at Randwick on Saturday.
New Zealand Bloodstock’s Karaka Million and yearling sales provided a nice way to round off a very busy January with the sales
team now able to stow away suitcases and get back to routine. The collective hospitality offered by vendors at Karaka is second to
none and with NZ lamb, Pinot Noir and seafood galore, our group of visiting owners had a brilliant time, vowing to return next year. For the second year running, we secured a quality selection of staying-type youngsters as a package that will remain in NZ to grow out and get up to trialing stage before coming to Sydney where we hope to enhance our hand in the classic races as three year olds. For footage of some of these yearlings going through the sale ring at Karaka, visit our Chris Waller Racing YouTube Channel.
Three fillies that produced a CWR trifecta in a Warwick Farm maiden last preparation have all returned to racing winning first up this preparation with Define and Canossa following All Cerise’s lead this week. With five winners in total last week we also have a strong hand ready to play at Rosehill tomorrow which should see the momentum continue as we reach the half-way mark of the season with 118 wins across the country, 81 on the NSW Metro table and six Group 1 winners. With that said, all that’s left to say is thanks to those who have supported us thus far, thanks to those who have recently joined the stable in buying into our recent purchases and finally, we’d like to wish everyone a very happy Chinese New Year – may it bring you peace and success in 2014, the year of the horse!
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INSIDE THIS ISSUE WINNERS
KINDERGARTEN TIME FOR HORSES AT LIMITLESS LODGE
GETTING TO KNOW THE TEAM – ROSS ALEXANDER MORE NEWS AND PHOTOS
CHRIS WALLER RACING – WINNERS THIS WEEKDEFINE Classy Lonhro filly Define was ridden handy by Tim Clark to be within striking distance in the straight and courageously broke through a tight gap to win at Randwick on Saturday. It was an impressive performance for a resuming run and with a big autumn ahead, the lightly framed filly will be carefully managed so as not to flatten her.
CHAMPAGNE CATHThe much-anticipated return of this special filly couldn’t have played out better with Champagne Cath’s trademark front running style again to the fore. Jay Ford’s relaxed and gentle manner with the filly saw him not panic when challenged with 200m to go before under minimal urgings, she drew away for a comfortableone length victory. A $190,000 purchase at Magic Millions 2012 by Peter Tighe’s Magic Bloodstock, her next target is the Group 2 Flight Stakes over 1200m.
INSTRUMENTALISTDamien Oliver timed his run to perfection on Instrumentalist at Caulfield on Saturday to secure the gelding’s fifth win since arriving just over a year ago in Australia. Really impressing the team with the way he’s stepped up to the plate this preparation, he is now being aimed at a possible tilt at the Hobart Cup.
HOT ALBERT Obviously relishing his visit to the winner’s stall at Randwick last start, Hot Albert strode right on in for more at Canterbury on Friday night.
Guided by Jim Cassidy, the three year old son of Magic Albert proved he’s well on track for a step up to Saturday grade soon. He was purchased from Ascot Farm at Karaka in 2012, a farm we purchased two lots from over the past week.
Canossa Classy Haradasun filly Canossa broke maiden ranks in her first start since spelling with a dogged performance at Warwick Farm on Wednesday. Fighting the length of the straight, she held on right to the line under the urgings of Jim Cassidy. Drawn to her smart head and beautiful neck and shoulder, her astute owners Mark and Leah Timms secured her for $40,000 at Magic Millions in 2012.
Another NZ-passport holder in the stable, Ross studied veterinary science at Massey University in Palmerston North and after 10 years honing his trade, he made the move to Australia where he’s been groomed by Centennial Park Vets principal, Dr Tim Roberts to handle the routine vet work for Chris Waller Racing on a daily basis. With a keen interest in breeding and racing, Ross part-owns three broodmares in NZ and is an invaluable sounding board for Chris when it comes to our horse’s health and soundness.
Nickname: Rossco Favourite Food: Medium-rare eye fillet steak Favourite Jockey: Nash Rawiller Best Quote: "The harder I worked the luckier I got" I heard it somewhere, might have been a Gary Player quote. The other one is a university friend predicting I will be "kept poor by fast women and slow horses".
Favourite Part of the job: Just being involved with elite level racehorses in Australia.
Favourite Horses: Shoot Out, Rangirangdoo, Foreteller, Boban (could be a freak, pictured) and All Too Hard.
Best Horse ever seen? Bonecrusher (as a 3yo and spring 4yo before he got travel sickness at the Japan Cup).
Role Model? Not really any, but Charles Roberts and Mark Chitty in particular are two NZ veterinarians that have had a massive impact on my career.
If you weren’t in racing, what would you have done? A stock broker or merchant banker.
If you could invite three people for dinner, who would you invite? John Magnier, Hugh Jackman and Sir Graham Henry.
Event in the world that you would most like to attend? Royal Ascot (with Zoustar).
Childhood Hero: Sir Richard Hadley Sports Hero: Michael Jordan, Tiger Woods, Steven Gerrard and the All Blacks.
What would you do with your last $5? Try to turn it into $10. Tip for the weekend: All Cerise
Australian cup arsenal arrive in town Foreteller and Hawkspur, Chris Waller's dual-pronged attack for the Australian Cup, arrived in Melbourne last Sunday morning.
The two would be entered for either the Group 1 CF Orr Stakes (1400m) or Group 3 Carlyon Cup (1600m) at Caulfield on February 8. Read more… Cwr touring team to ascot 3 or 4 Chris Waller is looking to take “three or four horses” to the UK and/or Europe later this year, not just “one or two”.
Waller said on Sunday he had already inoculated eight horses, including champion colt Zoustar, who’s heading to the Royal Ascot carnival in June, to travel if the occasion arises.
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CWR PIN-UPS FOR THE CHAMPIONSHIPSLast week pro-photographer Bronwen Healy spent some time at CWR having been commissioned to capture images for use in the lead up to The Championships that reflect the bond between our horses and some of the staff that are closest to them. We’ve been given a sneak peak and can’t wait to see more! From top to bottom Ben and Zoustar, Lucy and Boban and Toni and Hawkspur.
What better way to spend a day than enjoying Karaka hospitality and buying into a Makfi colt from Westbury Stud!
Cathy and Ross Shrimpton with Michael and Kim Kinnimont, Richard Coughlan, Liam and new CWR team member, Charlie Duckworth.
CHRIS WALLER RACINGWhat have you got for us Danielle?
Definition of happiness? Celebrating in the winning