Chris Waller attributes Sambro win to visit to Greg Bennett retreat

Trainer Chris Waller credited a trip to Greg Bennett’s property at Canungra as the turning point for Sambro, who raced like a true professional to win the Group 2 Queensland Guineas.

Sambro was scratched at the barriers before the Fred Best Classic two weeks ago. He had won the Hawkesbury Guineas at his previous start.

“He’s a funny horse, but we sent him down to Greg Bennett’s place and the work he’s done with him since then has given the horse some confidence,” Waller said.

“He’s a bit temperamental and that’s why he wears the brow band (across the top of his head), to stop him from rearing up.”

Waller will give consideration to continuing Sambro’s campaign to the Sunshine Coast Guineas in three weeks.

“Who knows? He might be back here next year for something bigger,” he said.

“He’s always been a talent, because he did run second in the Carbine Club Stakes in the spring, but he was gelded (before his autumn campaign) and that might have been the turning point.

Waller said runner-up Seaway was “a prep behind” his stablemate, but the Sunshine Coast Guineas was also an option for him.

“I will definitely run one of the two in that race,” he said.

The race had a dramatic aftermath when winning jockey Michael Walker pulled up clearly distressed. He was too ill to speak to on-course Clerk of the Course interviewer Sam Hyland and dismounted soon after.

Walker was assisted by two security guards bare-chested through the members’ before stewards stood him down for the remainder of the meeting. – Nathan Exelby, The Courier Mail.

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