With 155 1/2 metropolitan winners in Sydney over the past 11 months, leading trainer Chris Waller is just one win away from breaking the all-time record for metropolitan wins in the harbour city in a single season.
Legendary trainer Tommy Smith and daughter Gai Waterhouse currently share the record of 156 wins and the time between the feat being achieved is a testament to both trainers as well as Waller.
Smith set the mark in the 1975-76 season before being equalled by Waterhouse in 2002-03.
With four weekends still remaining in the current racing season, it appears inevitable that Waller will surpass the achievement.
But will it be this Saturday at Rosehill?
On face value, most likely. The Rosehill-based trainer has runners in all but the first of eight races on the program and will send out 11 horses in total.
Among them are several key chances – including many favourites.
Chris Waller’s Runners at Rosehill on Civic Stakes Day – 6/7/13
Race 1 – 12:20pm Australian Turf Club Handicap (1200m)
Race 2 – 12:55pm Become an ATC Sponsor Handicap (1200m)
#1 Oompa Loompa $3.60
Race 3 – 1:30pm ATC Membership On Sale Now Handicap (1800m)
#1 Illo $8.50
#4 Fulgur $3.80
Race 4 – 2:05pm Tab Rewards Handicap (2400m)
#1 Secessio $3.50
Race 5 – 2:40pm Civic Stakes
#3 Said Com $4.40
#4 Nocturnelle $5
#8 Disciple $6.50
Race 6 – 3:15pm P&F Avellino 50th Anniversary Handicap (1500m)
#7 Eigelstein $3.60
#8 Acapela $17
Race 7 – 3:55pm Tab.com.au Handicap (1100m)
#8 Velrosso $3.80
Race 8 – 4:35pm Rosehill Gardens Handicap (1200m)
#15 Caesar’s Princess $12
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