Fitness is Key to Splitting Waller’s Three 2015 Eskimo Prince Stakes Runners

As he has become wont to do, Chris Waller will saddle multiple runners in the Group 3 Eskimo Prince Stakes (1200m) at Rosehill on Saturday.

Harrier Jet's fitness could give him the edge over classier rivals in the Eskimo Prince Stakes.

Harrier Jet’s fitness could give him the edge over classier rivals in the Eskimo Prince Stakes. Photo by Steve Hart.

In a field of just seven, three sprinters will represent Waller’s stable, which means the trainer holds almost half the field.

Delectation and Kermadec will resume in the 2015 Eskimo Prince Stakes after successful spring campaigns while Harrier Jet is nearing the end of his summer run.

The three are all offering single figure odds in the betting market at Ladbrokes.com.au.

With so many runners it can become hard to separate Waller’s charges, however the trainer believes fitness will be the key.

While Delectation and Kermadec are on a higher level than Harrier Jet, having had previous success in black-type races, the three-year-old gelding has the benefit of four runs under his belt since September. He won a Benchmark 71 over 1200 metres first up in September before placing in his next three outings.

Harrier Jet ($4.80) will also have the benefit of jumping from barrier one, which he’ll be able to use to his fitness advantage.

“I just love race fitness, especially with my horses as they are always a little bit soft first-up and they continue to improve into their preparation,” Waller told Racenet.

“Race fitness, regardless of class of the horse, will often beat the better horse.

“You’re pretty cocky going into a race if you think you can win it 95 percent fit.

“That extra 5 percent is a big thing.”

Waller expects both Delectation ($4) and Kermadec ($6.50) to improve from their first-up run and dominate the upcoming autumn carnival.

Delectation delivered a career best runner-up finish in the Group 1 Coolmore Stud Stakes (1200m) at the end of the spring, which followed a minor placing in the Group 2 Roman Consul Stakes (1200m). Waller is keen to see him settle on his return before locking in any big autumn goals.

“He’s been a hard project but I’m pleased we’ve stuck to our guns and ridden him conservatively to teach him to settle,” Waller said.

“It certainly showed in the Coolmore.

“He’s a horse that needs cover and we’re at the crossroads where we head with him whether it be a 1400 metre race or stick to the 1200 metres this preparation.”

The three-year-old gelding will jump from barrier six with Hugh Bowman to ride while Kermadec will be the next gate in with Blake Shinn.

Kermadec won the Group 3 Carbine Club Stakes (1600m) at the end of the spring and will be aimed towards either the Group 1 Randwick Guineas (1600m) or Group 1 Australian Guineas (1600m) in March to increase his stud value.

If you think you know which one of Waller’s chargers will win the 2015 Eskimo Prince Stakes, back them at Ladbrokes.com.au today.

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