A hit and run raid on Sydney from his former home of Foxton in New Zealand in 1998 proved the forerunner to Kiwi horseman Chris Waller making a fulltime move to Australia.
Chris only brought one horse to Sydney for his first Sydney attack – Party Belle – and they went home a winner. Following that Chris made more frequent hit and run trips to Sydney where he stayed at Rosehill before eventually making the move permanent.
Having started with a small team of four horses when granted stables at Rosehill, Chris now has 100 thoroughbreds in full work and the team is of the highest quality.
In the autumn of 2008 Waller prepared his first Group 1 winner when Triple Honour rocketed to victory in the Doncaster Handicap. That breakthrough win followed a nose second to star galloper Weekend Hussler in the Randwick Guineas.
Since then Chris has experienced many big race wins including the 2010 Group 1 Doncaster Handicap with Rangirangdoo, The 2010 Group 1 George Ryder Stakes and Manikato Stakes with Danleigh, The 2010 Group 1 Doomben Cup with Metal Bender and the Group 1 TJ Smith Stakes with Pressday, as well as 4 group 1 wins in 2011 with Rangirangdoo taking out the George Ryder Stakes, Danleigh winning the 2011 Chipping Norton Stakes, My Kingdom of Fife winning the 2011 Queen Elizabeth Stakes and Stand to Gain victorious in the 2011 Sydney Cup.
Chris is a regular at the major carnivals around Australia and is an active buyer at Australasian yearling sales as well as venturing to the UK to purchase tried horses.
Chris began his career with horses back in Foxton with trainer Paddy Busuttin. He was travelling Foreman for Busuttin and had an association with stable veteran Castletown which ran third in the 1992 Melbourne Cup behind Subzero. Chris took over Busuttin’s Foxton stables when the Trainer took up a Singapore training contract.
Now firmly entrenched at the top of the Sydney Trainers’ premiership, Chris is grateful for the support of loyal stable clients that he has trained for since his arrival at Rosehill.