Imports are in the box seat

Written by Matt Stewart - Courtesy of

YOU’D hardly describe our experience with imported gallopers as a love affair.

The ones with the most glittering CVs invariably tend to be the slowest, for a start. There seems no rule, no theme, with them.

Nick Williams says he and his father Lloyd continue to be surprised by which horses adapt and which don’t.

“It comes down to which ones feel best when they step off the plane, then go on from there,” Williams Jr said recently.

Despite the rolling of the dice attached to these fickle imports, the fact is this spring they have clicked.

At least that’s what this weekend’s formguides tell us.

Sydney trainer Chris Waller has been sourcing reasonably cheap, low-rated horses from Europe for the past three or four years and his results with them are pretty impressive.