Training a trifecta in a Sydney Saturday race is becoming a welcome habit for Chris Waller.
The champion trainer was at it again at Rosehill Gardens on Saturday when his mares, Forever Crazy, Scarletini and Made To Order ran 1-2-3 in the Merrylands RSL Club Handicap (1900m).
But for Waller, it was more relief to get a win on the board in the first race given he had 20 runners in seven races at his home track meeting.
“When you have a big team entered, you do feel the pressure,’’ Waller said.
“You think if we go to the races and not get a winner what will people say.
“So, when you get the first winner, it is a bit of a relief.’’
It is no longer a rare occurrence for Waller to lead in all three placegetters in a Sydney race and, of course, he famously prepared the Doncaster “first four” with Sacred Falls, Royal Descent, Weary and Hawkspur back in April.
This time it was Forever Crazy ($6.50) who proved too strong for her stablemates, forging clear to score by a half neck from Scarletini ($8) with Made To Order ($6) one-and-a-half lengths away third.
Tye Angland, who has been riding brilliantly through the winter, produced another textbook effort to score on Forever Crazy.
“She began a lot smarter and put herself into a good position,’’ Angland said.
“I actually had to come back one as I thought I might have been too close. I didn’t want to have to push her to hold that spot as she might have started over-racing and I didn’t want that in a 1900m race.
“We ended up getting the perfect run and Made To Order sort of dragged us into the race from the turn.
“She was just too good for them. It was a really good effort to carry that weight (59.5kg). This mare is right at the peak of her game.’’
Source: Ray Thomas