We picked it as one of the most even races in Emirates Stakes history and that’s exactly what happened with Albert The Fat winning the 2011 title in a photo.
The ex Queensland based runner has only been with the Waller stables for this preparation but in true Waller style he’s turned him into a Group 1 champion.
He was switched off towards the back of the field in the early stages while the pace was well and truly turned on in front.
At least four horses looked for the lead at some point in the race meaning the tempo was hot and they all had their chance.
Off the bend Albert The Fat was one of the wider runners with Love Conquers All among those that had pushed forward early.
It was soon clear though they’d done too much and it was King’s Rose that came through and hit the front.
She was running strongly as well and it was going to take a big run to reel her in.
That came from Albert The Fat which only got there in the final stride in a perfect ride from Mark Zahra.
Secret Admirer also found a run up the inside late but it wasn’t enough to take victory away from Chris Waller and Albert the Fat.
Zahra agrees that form his perspective once King’s Rose went through she was going to be super hard to catch.
“We had a nice enough run, Kings Rose shot through like it was going to win but Chris Waller’s got this horse going great,” he said.
Albert The Fat actually finished 12th in this race last year so it’s been a massive 12 month turnaround.
“I rode this horse in the race last year and probably didn’t t get the best of rides, big ups to Chris Waller and the owners for giving me another go,” he said.
No tears from Waller today but certainly a big acknowledgement of what he’s managed to achieve.
“It’s certainly a thrill to be part of this big day and the big carnival,” he said.
“Full credit to Mark, he only picked the ride up yesterday so didn’t have much time to do any homework or get a feel for the horse.”
Albert The Fat has been showing plenty of promise this preparation and there was plenty of belief he was going to be a big player here.
“Each of his runs have been good, only one average run in Sydney,” Waller said.
“All he had to do was get to 1600m.”
There’s a bit of confidence around he could even do this again as he seems a rejuvenated horse since making the trip south.
“He’s a seven year old but you wouldn’t know it,” Waller said.
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2011 Emirates Stakes Results
|1||7||ALBERT THE FAT||Chris Waller||Mark Zahra||9||54kg||$17|
|2||11||KING’S ROSE (NZ)||Peter G Moody||Luke Nolen||0.1L||10||53kg||$11|
|3||8||SECRET ADMIRER||Grahame Begg||Brenton Avdulla||1.1L||4||54kg||$6.50|
|4||1||JIMMY CHOUX (NZ)||John Bary||Jonathan Riddell||1.3L||11||58kg||$7|
|5||4||LOVE CONQUERS ALL||Michael, Wayne & John Hawkes||Darren Beadman||2.55L||8||55.5kg||$6F|
|6||2||WALL STREET (NZ)||Jeff Lynds||Hugh Bowman||3.3L||2||56kg||$12|
|7||9||WOORIM||Robert Heathcote||Michael Rodd||4.05L||7||54kg (cd 54.5kg)||$16|
|8||3||DANLEIGH||Chris Waller||Nash Rawiller||4.25L||1||55.5kg||$61|
|9||15||YOSEI||Stuart Webb||Ms Michelle Payne||4.35L||6||52.5kg||$61|
|10||14||LUEN YAT FOREVER||Peter G Moody||Nicholas Hall||5.35L||15||52.5kg||$21|
|11||10||TESTA MY PATIENCE||Mick Price||Craig Newitt||7.1L||3||53.5kg||$11|
|12||6||PINWHEEL||Peter Snowden||Kerrin McEvoy||7.6L||14||54.5kg||$31|
|13||12||PINNACLES||Rick Hore-Lacy||Steven King||8.6L||13||53kg||$41|
|14||16||RED TRACER||Chris Waller||Chris Munce||8.9L||16||52kg||$13|
|15||5||TOORAK TOFF||Rick Hore-Lacy||Steven Arnold||11.65L||5||55.5kg||$41|
|16||13||DAO DAO||Michael, Wayne & John Hawkes||Dwayne Dunn||15.9L||12||52.5kg||$31|
|19e||LORD PYRUS (NZ)||Judy Mawer||Ms Lisa Cropp||0|
|20e||HE’S REMARKABLE (NZ)||Roger James||0|
|17e||LARGO LAD||David Hayes||James Winks||0|
|18e||WILLY JIMMY||Guy Walter||0|