Source: Herald Sun, by Ray Thomas
Trainer Chris Waller has leant his support to the Jersey Day promotion which raises awareness for organ donation.
Hall of Fame trainer Chris Waller has successfully applied for Fastconi to race in special “Jersey Day” silks when he contests the ACY Securities Handicap (1200m) at Royal Randwick on Saturday.
Waller has been a long-time supporter of the annual Jersey Day campaign which asks workplaces and schools across the nation to allow their employees and students to wear their favourite sporting jersey and demonstrate their support for organ nation.
Friday’s Jersey Day promotion was inspired by the tragic death of 13-year-old Nathan Gremmo who was critically injured when crossing a north-western Sydney road six years ago.
In their grief, Nathan’s family acknowledged their son’s generous spirit and donated his organs which were used to save six lives – five young adults and a baby.
Although Waller has been living and training successfully in Sydney for more than 20 years, he remains a proud New Zealander and will be wearing his All Blacks jersey to trackwork at Rosehill on Friday morning.
Waller has a big team of 22 runners entered for the feature Royal Randwick meeting and his chasing his seventh win in the Group 2 $250,000 Chelmsford Stakes (1600m) with either Shared Ambition, Dashing Willoughby (also entered for Friday’s Wyong Cup), Selino, Order Again and Kukeracha.
Sydney’s leading trainer will also saddle up super sprinter Nature Strip who is primed for a comeback win in the Group 3 $160,000 Concorde Stakes (1000m).