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Runaway Sydney trainer’s premiership winner Chris Waller is out in force at Rosehill Gardens again this weekend including a quartet of entries for the Winter Stakes 2014.
Nominations for the $100,000 Listed Winter Stakes (1400m) were extended until 11am today after attracting just nine original entries, four of which come from the local stables of Waller.
His four hopefuls all come via unplaced runs behind the John O’Shea-trained Generalife, who they will meet again this weekend, in the $100,000 Listed Civic Stakes (1350m) at the track on July 5.
All out to turn the tables on their impressive last start conqueror for Waller, and where they finished in the Civil Stakes, are Coup Ay Tee (6th), Hidden Kisses (7th), Tromso (8th) and Tougher Than Ever (9th).
Waller is chasing his own record for number of Sydney winners in a season but doesn’t believe he’ll get there for 2013-14.
“You have to get the job done in the first part of the season and continue to train 14 winners a month to reach the total,” he told AAP.
“I don’t think I can break the record.”
He is up to 153-1/2 after a Randwick hat trick last weekend and still needs another 15 winners over the final five meetings of the season to set the new record.
Helping him to get closer are runners in five of Warwick Farm’s midweek races this Wednesday and nominees in all but one of the eight Winter Stakes Day races on Saturday.
He is also adamant that he hasn’t changed any of the original race plans for his horses to make up numbers in attempting to better his own personal best.
“I never let a premiership or a record change anything in the way we do things,” Waller said.
“My job is to train winners and if it happens it happens.”
The Winter Stakes is shaping up as a beauty this year too with O’Shea’s Civic Stakes winner Lonhro four-year-old Generalife one of two chasing their third Rosehill win on the trot.
The other is the Jason Coyle-trained Scream Machine, the Excites five-year-old last seen winning the Natski Handicap (1500m) on June 28.
Warwick Farm-based Coyle has long held a high opinion of Scream Machine who he nominated for the $1 million Group 1 Stradbroke Handicap (1400m) during the Brisbane Winter Racing Carnival.
They were an emergency but missed a run in Queensland’s richest race.
Both Scream Machine and Generalife are track specialists are ready for the showdown on Saturday meaning this could be a very tough feature for Waller to win.
Also entered are the James & Bart Cummings-trained duo of Civic Stakes fifth placed The Peak and last start Rosehill winning More Than Ready filly Romantic Moon.
Rounding out the nominees is then Paul Perry’s three-year-old Choisir gelding Wouldn’t It Be Nice on the improve.
The Winter Stakes 2014 final field and barrier draw are out on Wednesday and will be published right here at Races.com.au so stay tuned.
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