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Chris Waller has been the nation’s leading Group 1 trainer for six consecutive years but maintains his stable has been in a rebuilding phase for the past two seasons.

This was no idle boast, more a statement of fact.

“We have a lot of nice horses coming through, we are going to have a good presence in the spring,’’ Waller said.
This was no idle boast, more a statement of fact.

“We have a lot of nice horses coming through, we are going to have a good presence in the spring,’’ Waller said.
“The stable has been in this rebuilding phase for the last couple of years and I could see these young horses starting to come through 12 months ago, so it is very ­exciting.’’

Waller made these comments in the aftermath of Unforgotten ’s highly impressive win in the Group 2 Chelmsford Stakes at Royal Randwick last Saturday.

It’s an ominous warning to potential spring carnival rivals because Waller prepared the winners of 24 Group 1 races in the past two seasons.

Waller’s champion mare Winx won 12 majors during this period and is still at the peak of her powers, as evidenced by her comeback win in the Group 1 Winx Stakes last month and a brilliant barrier trial before the Randwick opener last Saturday.
Winx will race next in the Group 1 George Main Stakes (1600m) at Royal Randwick on September 15 as she is readied for her bid to win an unprecedented fourth Cox Plate (2040m) at Moonee Valley next month.

Unforgotten announced herself as possibly racing’s “next big thing” with her dynamic Chelmsford win, drawing particular praise from Waller and jockey Hugh Bowman.

Waller described Unforgotten as “very special” and Bowman said the mare was a “Group 1 horse”.

The Caulfield Cup is likely to be her main aim this spring.

But Waller won’t be relying on just these two mares in the big races because his ­stable has a deep pool of equine talent.
Egg Tart (fourth) and Youngstar (fifth) were very unlucky in the Tramway Stakes behind stablemates Comin’ Through and Tom Melbourne.

D’Argento, who had a solo exhibition gallop before Winx’s trial at Randwick, is looming as the stable’s main Epsom Handicap hopeful and is due to race in the Group 2 Theo Marks Stakes (1300m) at Rosehill on Saturday.

Waller also has an outstanding three-year-old team, a number of whom will be on show on Saturday.
They include unbeaten The Autumn Sun, who resumes in the Group 2 Stan Fox Stakes (1500m), while Performer, Zousain and Lean Mean Machine will run in the Group 2 Run To The Rose (1200m).

The Autumn Sun, who contested Winx’s trial, hasn’t raced since his win in the Group 1 J.J. Atkins Stakes (1600m) at Doomben in June but is forward enough for 1500m first-up on Saturday, according to Waller.

“I could have run him in the 1200m of the Run To The Rose but he would get a Group 1 penalty in that race,’’ Waller said.

“I didn’t want to see him vulnerable at that trip. He is fit enough to go to 1500m.

“It is still the plan to run in the Golden Rose. I’d like to see him pretty dominant in the Stan Fox as he has to come back 100m for that race start.” – Ray Thomas, The Daily Telegraph