Chris Waller’s fillies dominate the nominations...
Five time Sydney Trainers’ Premiership winning horseman Chris Waller is set to play another dominant hand in the Chelmsford Stakes 2015 this weekend at Royal Randwick with his dual defending champion Hawkspur to lead his 11 nominees.
Waller told AAP he was looking at the $175,000 Group 2 Chelmsford Stakes (1600m) as the next Sydney Spring Racing Carnival assignment for up to 11 from his stable including his now six-year-old Purrealist gelding Hawkspur.
Winner of the Group 1 Queensland Derby (2400m) in Brisbane as a three-year-old in 2013, Hawkspur has won the past two editions of the Chelmsford with veteran hoop Jim Cassidy aboard.
Last year he narrowly held off stablemate Royal Descent for the win as part of an all-Waller top six in the weight-for-age feature.
This year Waller, who won the season’s opening elite level with Boban taking out last Saturday’s Group 1 Memsie Stakes (1400m) in Melbourne, has every chance to achiever a similar dominating Chelmsford Stakes result with nearly a dozen hopefuls in the mix.
Hawkspur won the race last year third-up after unplaced runs in the Missile Stakes and Warwick Stakes at the same track before a fourth to another Waller star Sacred Falls in the Group 1 George Main Stakes (1600m) at his next start.
He will be second-up this weekend having come via the Group 2 Warwick Stakes (1400m) again but this time finishing a disappointing 11th of 13 runners.
This year’s Warwick Stakes was won by last year’s Chelmsford runner-up Royal Descent, Waller’s Redoute’s Choice mare winning her first race since the 2013 ATC Oaks.
She put a nice one and a half lengths on Doomben Cup winner Pornichet in the Warwick Stakes and this weekend will be shooting for back-to-back Group 2 victories, something Waller is confident the Gerry Harvey-owned mare is more than ready to do.
“She has trained on really well,” he said.
Waller’s other 2014 Chelmsford runners to be nominated again this spring are Moriarty (5th) and Junoob (6th).
The master trainer picked out the autumn’s Doncaster Mile winning stallion Kermadec as his other big hope of taking home another Chelmsford trophy on the weekend, the Teofilo four-year-old out to improve on his Warwick Stakes fifth.
“Kermadec has also improved so I expect him to go well,” Waller said.
“We could have eleven horses in it.
“As well Royal Descent and Kermadec, we will enter Beaten Up, Preferment, Who Shot Thebarman, Opinion, Junoob, Moriarty, Foreteller, Hawkspur and Grand Marshal.”
All 11 of Waller’s potential entries are Group 1 winners, aside from eight-year-old Junoob.
The majority are also stayers heading towards longer distanced majors this prep including his returning Sydney Cup winner Grand Marshal.
The six-year-old Dansili gelding was last seen winning over the two miles at Randwick when beating home Who Shot Thebarman in the Sydney Cup and this time in targets another even more famous race over the same distance – the $6.2 million Group 1 Emirates Melbourne Cup (3200m) at Flemington on the first Tuesday of November.
Futures Melbourne Cup odds at Ladbrokes.com.au have Grand Marshall listed as a $26 hope with Who Shot Thebarman at the same all-in price.
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