Western Australia Horses Demur from NSW Trial Debut
When your Thoroughbreds are ahead of schedule, what do you do?
Take the day, horses, and we will resume once the calendar catches up.
Marquee trainer Chris Waller reported that his gallopers Arcadia Queen and Enticing Star will continue to prepare to The Everest, but he held them out of recent trials, as though simply being Western Australia horses did not supply them sufficient anonymity.
L.A.W. (Life After Winx) seems to be going swimmingly for Australia’s premier Thoroughbred trainer.
Waller was quoted saying, “I couldn’t be happier with them (Arcadia Queen and Enticing Star).”
Waller is in the New Zealand and Australian Racing Halls of Fame. The most recent information available to us lists 104 Group 1 victories to his name. He does not have a Melbourne Cup winner.
As best we could determine, Waller has not supplied a Caulfield Cup winner, despite having 15 runners in line for last year’s race. It almost made us think of some of the Randwick races with Winx in the field, where at times, Group 1 races has six from eight out of Waller’s stables.
Winning The Everest would supply at least one missing jewel, if a race that has run only twice could be considered a jewel.
At the moment, with The Everest slightly over two months out, Arcadia Queen shares the third line in the futures betting with Pierata at $8. Enticing Star is $15.
Arcadia Queen will wear the colours of The Star, while Enticing Star is competing in the slot held by Waller himself. She is a force in Western Australia and while only jumping six time, she has won five of those and finished third in the other.
Enticing Star might be more aptly named Enticing Prospects. The six-year-old mare by Testa Rossa has not won above Listed level, which might do more to prove that Willie Pike is indeed mortal.
Both horses are owned by Bob Peters. Were we Peters, we would have some mental questions about having Waller preparing Arcadia Queen and Enticing Star, Waller’s Everest slot runner, but it seems more of a racing family matter and not within our purview.