Waller’s Strong 2013 Chipping Norton Stakes Presence – Nominations

Sydney’s leading trainer Chris Waller has given himself every chance of claiming a third consecutive title in the Group 1 2013 Chipping Norton Stakes (1600m) by entering a huge contingent of gallopers.

Shoot Out heads Chris Waller's strong Chipping Norton Stakes contingent. Photo: Steve Hart.

Waller has nominated eight of his charges for the $350,000 feature and at least five are expected to line up in the final field.

Returning to chase back-to-back Chipping Norton titles is Shoot Out who will be running first-up.

Waller is hoping his stable star can repeat his spring effort where he won the Group 1 George Main Stakes without a lead-up run.

Also shooting for a second Chipping Norton victory is nine-year-old Danleigh who heads into the race on the back of a solid third in the Group 2 Apollo Stakes on February 23.

The BMW-bound Kelinni will be running second-up after a fifth-place Apollo Stakes finish.

Waller is looking for a big campaign from Kelinni who will again be aimed at the Melbourne Cup in the spring after finishing fourth in 2012.

“He’s headed to the BMW. To be competitive in a Melbourne Cup he has to be competitive in the BMW,” Waller said.

Other Waller-trained entrants include British import Gatewood and former Kiwi pair Sacred Falls and Tougher Than Ever.

Outside of Waller’s stable there is no shortage of quality nominations with last year’s autumn star Manighar expected to make his return this weekend.

The Peter Moody-trained import was a triple Group 1 winner during the autumn but had his spring campaign cut short to just two starts due to injury.

Returning from New Zealand for another Australian stint is Roger James‘ talented mare Silent Achiever.

The four-year-old was third in the Rosehill Guineas in the autumn and won the Group 2 Crystal Mile at Moonee Valley during the spring.

Top Sydney trainer Gai Waterhouse has entered two Group 1 winners with Laser Hawk and Glencadam Gold.

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Chipping Norton Stakes 2013 – Nominations

Horse Trainer Ballot Weight Hcp Rating
1 ALBERT THE FAT Chris Waller 5= 59kg 110
2 ALMA’S FURY Paul Murray 12= 59kg 101
3 CENTENNIAL PARK (NZ) David Payne 14 59kg 100
4 DANLEIGH Chris Waller 4 59kg 111
5 GATEWOOD (GB) Chris Waller 11 59kg 103
6 GLENCADAM GOLD (IRE) Gai Waterhouse 8= 59kg 108
7 HAVANA REY Bjorn Baker 15= 59kg 98
8 KELINNI (IRE) Chris Waller 10 59kg 105
9 KING MUFHASA (NZ) Bruce Wallace 2 59kg 116
10 LASER HAWK Gai Waterhouse 8= 59kg 108
11 MANIGHAR (FR) Peter G Moody 1 59kg 117
12 MONTON Ron Quinton 12= 59kg 101
13 SHOOT OUT Chris Waller 3 59kg 115
14 RED TRACER Chris Waller 5= 57kg 110
15 SILENT ACHIEVER (NZ) Roger James 5= 57kg 110
16 SACRED FALLS (NZ) Chris Waller 17 56kg 96
17 TOUGHER THAN EVER (NZ) Chris Waller 15= 56kg 98