Champion trainer Chris Waller moved a step closer to achieving another of his aims with his Queensland stable when Sparky Lad won at Eagle Farm.
Waller trained his 47th metropolitan winner and his 60th overall in Queensland for the season when Sparky Lad ($4) beat Sienna Rose ($7) by a half length in the Winning Edge Plate (1300m).
It put him equal second on the metropolitan ladder with Toby Edmonds.
His horses have now won $6.2 million for the season in Queensland.
Waller opened his Gold Coast stable in August 2017 and with a team that is rarely above 25 horses he has been a major player in Queensland racing.
His Queensland stable manager Paul Shailer said it had been another top year and it would be even better if the stable could move into second place on the premiership ladder before the end of the season next week.
Waller had hoped to reach 50 winners for the year in the city and still has three meetings to go.
“We obviously concentrate more on the carnivals in the winter and the Magic Millions. But it is good for horses like Sparky Lad who can come here and win,” he said.
“Sparky Lad was a good second at his first start this area on an unsuitable track. He should win a few more here.” – AAP