Recently Inducted Hall of Fame Trainer Waller Floods Queensland Oaks
As is often the case with many top quality thoroughbred races, trainer Chris Waller will have many of his stables’ charges in the Group 1 Queensland Oaks at Doomben Racecourse on Saturday.
That is no guarantee of a winner, but with nearly a third of the field coming from his stables, the odds of getting at least a placing are almost a lock.
With racing clubs desperate to fill fields, prizemoney is frequently paid down to 10th place. Waller is almost sure to turn a profit in the $500,000 Queensland Oaks and get some valuable insight into which of his current crop of three-year-olds might be the next to develop into a champion, if not of Winx’s quality, at least a horse or two capable of winning one or two of the big money races.
Along with being a highly competent trainer, Waller is also a shrewd businessman. With over 400 horses populating the stalls of his various stables, he needs those horses to produce results in order to keep the lights on and the feed flowing.
Given equal resources, it could reasonably be concluded that any of the other trainers would use the same tactic; thoroughbred racing, after all, is a business.
Waller will have Youngstar ($2.70), Savacool ($8), Another Dollar ($5), Impulsive ($71) and Miss Shanti ($41) in the race.
Three runners with single digit quotes would make it tempting to plunge on a “Waller Trifecta.”
All three have drawn reasonably well and all three have competent hoops, but we hasten to add that we will not be making this bet, nor do we intend anyone to view our observation as betting advice.
Waller has become to racing what the City of Melbourne or the State of Victoria represents to the AFL, in that much as he has multiple runners in the big races, Melbourne and Victoria have the bulk of the teams in the AFL.