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Chris Waller boasts big numbers in two of the Randwick features this weekend including nine of the 19 early entries for the Show County Quality 2014.
He has dually nominated for a swarm of his spring stars on the Sydney race card this Saturday, all but one of his nominees for the $125,000 Group 3 Show County Quality (1200m) also entered for the $175,000 Group 2 Warwick Stakes (1200m).
With heavy rainfall predicted ahead of the weekend however his numbers could drop back with only the mudlarks guaranteed acceptance in one of the two events.
Heading Waller’s team for Saturday are the likes of Cox Plate fancy Sacred Falls, Royal Descent and Weary who ran top three in the Group 1 Doncaster Mile (1600m) on a mud Randwick track during the autumn.
Nominated for both the Warwick Stakes and Show County, the former is the preferred race for the trio with only French import Weary to have had a run this time in.
“I’m really excited by Royal Descent and Sacred Falls, who are weight-for-age horses,” Waller told The Daily Telegraph.
“Royal Descent has come back well and she’s in for a good preparation.
“The Warwick Stakes is a good starting point for these horses without putting them under too much pressure. They’ll go to their various destinations from there.
“I’m fortunate because I’ve got some versatile horses who can handle wet tracks. In the modern era we get a lot of wet tracks.”
Astronomer Royal grey Weary ran a first-up fifth one and a half lengths off Sweet Idea in the Group 2 Missile Stakes (1200m) on August 9 and boast two wins and a third from three runs on Heavy going.
Among Waller’s other headliners are returning Doomben Cup third placegetter Junoob, Doncaster fourth past the post Hawkspur and Our Voodoo Prince looking to retain their undefeated status down under.
Eagle Farm Cup winner and Brisbane Cup runner-up Moriarty is also nominated for a return to racing on the back of two trials but unlike many of their stablemates does not have wet track form.
Also with multiple Show County Quality nominations is Team Hawkes with Atlante last seen running eighth in the Group 1 All Aged Stakes (1400m) in late April, Doncaster fifth placed Ninth Legion and four-year-old mare Real Surreal whose latest run was an eighth to Steps In Time in the Group 1 Coolmore Classic (1500m) in March.
Other notable hopes include the Peter & Paul Snowden-trained Group 1 performed Fastnet Rock stallion Cluster after a third straight win and seven-year-old Commands gelding Oakfield Commands for Gerald Ryan who has won two of his past three starts.
Check out the full Show Country Quality 2014 nominations below with the final field out on Wednesday morning.
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2014 Show Country Quality Nominations
Royal Randwick Racecourse – 23/08/2014
|1||ATLANTE||Michael, Wayne & John Hawkes||94|
|2||BULL POINT||Chris Waller||94|
|3||CLUSTER||Peter & Paul Snowden||81|
|5||IN CAHOOTS||Phillip Atkins||90|
|6||JUNOOB (GB)||Chris Waller||105|
|7||MIO DIO||Wez Hunter||71|
|9||MORIARTY (IRE)||Chris Waller||108|
|10||MY KINGDOM OF FIFE (GB)||Chris Waller||107|
|11||NINTH LEGION||Michael, Wayne & John Hawkes||100|
|12||OAKFIELD COMMANDS||Gerald Ryan||98|
|13||OUR VOODOO PRINCE (GB)||Chris Waller||100|
|14||REAL SURREAL||Michael, Wayne & John Hawkes||94|
|15||ROYAL DESCENT||Chris Waller||111|
|16||SACRED FALLS (NZ)||Chris Waller||116|
|18||WEARY (FR)||Chris Waller||106|
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