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When nominations closed for the Group 1 Chipping Norton Stakes (1600m) yesterday, it was revealed that premier Sydney trainer Chris Waller was intent on winning his fifth straight victory in the race after nominating nine of his stable stars to tackle the mile.
Waller is on the verge of winning the Chipping Norton Stakes an unprecedented five times in a row on Saturday, so it’s no surprise he wants to give himself as many chances as possible. Waller is currently tied with the late Guy Walter with four wins apiece. He first won with Danleigh in 2011 before Shoot Out won the next two and finally Boban won last year.
Boban is one of Waller’s nine horses nominated for the 2015 Chipping Norton Stakes of a total of 16. Not only will the five-year-old gelding set out to defend his title, he’ll also be looking to return to the winner’s circle for the first time since last year’s race.
Joining Boban in the nominations are stablemates Foreteller, He’s Your Man, Beaten Up, Hawkspur, Junoob, Weary, Who Shot Thebarman, and Opinion.
Waller intends on accepting with all but one of these, according to racing manager Liam Prior, which means the trainer would have an incredible eight runners in the Chipping Norton Stakes on Saturday.
“At this stage Beaten Up will stay in Melbourne but we will have eight runners in the Chipping Norton,” Prior told TVN.
Prior did note however that the stable would be “looking” at the Group 1 Futurity Stakes (1400m) as nominations were extended after just eight sprint-mile runners were nominated but it was unlikely that any of the eight Sydney horses would be moved to Melbourne for the race.
“We’ll have a look at the Futurity but at this stage I don’t think we’ll be shifting any horses to Melbourne,” he added.
Foreteller, Boban, He’s Your Man, Hawkspur, Junoob, and Weary were all last seen running in the Group 2 Apollo Stakes (1400m) at Randwick on February 14. Every horse bar Weary ran a disappointing race, finishing outside the placings.
Weary backed-up from a win in the Group 2 Expressway Stakes (1200m) on January 31 to finish third in the Apollo Stakes behind Contributer and Ninth Legion, both of which are also nominated for the 2015 Chipping Norton Stakes.
Opinion is set to get his first-up run on Saturday after he won the Group 1 Metropolitan (2400m) in the spring and earned a place in the Group 1 Emirates Melbourne Cup (3200m), in which he finished just outside the first ten.
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