Waller Dominates Chelmsford Stakes 2015 Nominations

Chris Waller plays the strongest hand of any trainer in the 2015 Chelmsford Stakes nominations for this Saturday’s feature race in Sydney, the master horseman entering a dozen from his stable in the weight-for-age showdown at Randwick Racecourse.

Chris Waller

Chris Waller boasts 12 nominations for Saturday’s 2015 Chelmsford Stakes in Sydney. Photo: Sarah Ebbett.

Waller has won the past two editions of the $250,000 Group 2 Chelmsford Stakes (1600m) with his 2013 Queensland Derby winner Hawkspur who is again in the mix shooting for a hat-trick in the early Sydney Spring Racing Carnival clash.

The trainer’s two top picks from his 12-horse contingent are his 2013 ATC Oaks winning mare Royal Descent and this year’s Doncaster Mile champ Kermadec.

A six-year-old daughter of Redoute’s Choice, super consistent Group 1 performer Royal Descent broke a lengthy winning drought first-up on August 22 at Randwick taking out the Group 2 Warwick Stakes (1400m) by one and a half lengths.

Kermadec also resumed in the same race crossing two lengths away fifth to his stablemate in his first run since taking out the Group 1 Doncaster Mile (1600m) in early April.

Waller’s other best Warwick Stakes graduate nominated for a Chelmsford Stakes back-up, a race Waller prepared the first six over the line in 12 months ago, is fourth-placed Beaten Up who ran third to Hartnell in the Group 1 The BMW (2400m) at Rosehill in late March.

The other Chelmsford nominees for Waller are Foreteller, I’m Imposing, Junoob, Moriarty, Opinion, Preferment and his Sydney Cup quinella of Grand Marshall (1st) and Who Shot Thebarman (2nd) who both head towards the $6.2 million Group 1 Melbourne Cup (3200m) at Flemington this November.

After Royal Descent (116) the other highest-rated Chelmsford Stakes nominee this year is the Kris Lees-trained German import Protectionist (114) who won last year’s Melbourne Cup when still prepared in Europe.

The Monsun stallion had a four start autumn campaign after his win in the ‘race that stops a nation’, but failed to finish in the money including his seventh behind Waller’s winner in the Group 1 Sydney Cup (3200m).

Protectionist won a subsequent August 24 trial at Newcastle over 1200m though and looks spot on for a first-up win over a distance he has won his only other start at.

Other highly rated Chelmsford Stakes entries this year include the Gai Waterhouse-trained Pornichet and the John O’Shea-trained Hartnell.

French import Pornichet won the Group 1 Doomben Cup (2000m) in Brisbane during the winter before the Vespone stallion resumed with a second to Royal Descent in the Warwick Stakes.

O’Shea’s Authorized gelding Hartnell hasn’t raced since the Sydney Cup where he finished fourth in his first run over that far on the back of two Rosehill wins in March including The BMW over the mile and a half.

The two Godolphin stablemates of Hartnell also nominated for Saturday’s showdown are 20913 Spring Champion Stakes winner Complacent who returned off a nearly two year break running second last (12th) in the Warwick Stakes and the American-bred It’s Somewhat.

See below for the full Chelmsford Stakes 2015 nominations, the final field and barriers out on Wednesday.

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2015 Chelmsford Stakes Nominations

Randwick Racecourse – 05/09/2015

# Form (Last 10) Horse Sex Age Trainer Hcp. Rating
1 4111×4119 ASTRONOMOS (GB) H 5 David Vandyke 80
2 2x800530x4 BEATEN UP (GB) G 8 Chris Waller 108
3 221112×0 COMPLACENT H 5 John O’Shea 103
4 x9698464x7 FORETELLER (GB) G 9 Chris Waller 108
5 11x889431x GRAND MARSHAL (GB) G 6 Chris Waller 105
6 4x1141x9 GUST OF WIND (NZ) M 4 John Sargent 100
7 1167x2114x HARTNELL (GB) G 5 John O’Shea 115
8 00033075×0 HAWKSPUR G 6 Chris Waller 104
9 121x03336x I’M IMPOSING (GB) G 10 Chris Waller 104
10 73350x19x8 IT’S SOMEWHAT (USA) G 5 John O’Shea 104
11 D70x0084x7 JUNOOB (GB) G 8 Chris Waller 106
12 21x43431x5 KERMADEC (NZ) H 4 Chris Waller 110
13 117x299x53 MESSENE G 7 Michael, Wayne & John Hawkes 108
14 31x80429x0 MORIARTY (IRE) G 8 Chris Waller 108
15 50160x82Px OPINION (IRE) G 7 Chris Waller 105
16 1x951511x2 PORNICHET (FR) H 5 Gai Waterhouse 112
17 27x0556x5x PRECEDENCE (NZ) G 10 James Cummings 104
18 2421x0628x PREFERMENT (NZ) H 4 Chris Waller 104
19 1141x6857x PROTECTIONIST (GER) H 6 Kris Lees 114
20 220x7433x1 ROYAL DESCENT M 6 Chris Waller 116
21 44x078160x TREMEC (NZ) G 7 John P Thompson 97
22 1103x5442x WHO SHOT THEBARMAN (NZ) G 7 Chris Waller 109


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