Waller Finishes Premiership Winning Season On A High

By: Sarah Fortnum
August 1st, 2011

Chris Waller finished the racing season on a high by winning four of the eight races at Rosehill Gardens last Saturday.

The trainer’s wife, Stephanie Waller, was overcome with joy at the result.

“I can’t believe it,” Stephanie Waller said.

“I don’t think we even dreamt about it because it wasn’t possible. But it is now.

“Both sets of parents have come from New Zealand to be here today.

”This is something we never dreamed of when we came over here.

”He is still the same man but he has worked so hard to get this and I’m so proud of him.

“We will go out and celebrate it tonight but it all starts again tomorrow.”

Chris Waller was equally pleased with his past season perfromance.

”It is always very hard to win in Sydney and wherever you get a horse good enough to do it is an achievement,” Waller said.

”It’s great to win the premiership and today has just topped it off.

”Dad and Mum are here today and they always bring me some luck and it is great they can be a part of this in some way.

“We’ve had a great day and there’s been plenty of them this season.”

Waller capped off the season when Foreteller saluted in the $100,000 Winter Challenge.

”These European stayers, you just don’t know how far they can go when you get them,” Waller said.

“He’s a good horse. He was one of the better ones we have bought and looks to be on the way up.”

“He had two trials to get him ready for this and his class took him a long way.

“To see him do that suggests he’s probably going to win better races.”

Brayroan won Race 4 on Saturday by a half-length, but Waller believes he may need blinkers to ensure he remains competitive in the future.

”He has raced a bit flat this time and we still have the blinkers up our sleeve with him,” he said.

”He can improve on that and that is all we want our horses to do – keep improving.”

Peter Snowden, who finished runner-up to Waller in the Sydney Trainer’s Premiership, was full of praise for the talented trainer.

”That is a wonderful effort, and reward for hard work,” Snowden said.

”This is not just about this season but all the time he has spent in Australia building to this point.

“He just does so many things right.

“He’s done a tremendous job and I take my hat off to him.

“He has built himself up and built up his clientele and deserves all the credit he gets.

“It takes a lot of work and he’s been going for 10 years since he’s been here and that’s how long it’s taken.

“Now the hard job is to stay there.”

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