Chris Waller continues to re-write the record books, with Hawkspur leading home the first six runners in the Chelmsford Stakes for Sydney’s champion trainer.
Taken to the front by Jim Cassidy, Hawkspur ($10) claimed his second straight win in the race by a nose from Royal Descent ($4.60), with Bagman ($31) in third.
Next over the line was duel Doncaster winner Sacred Falls, Moriarty and Junoob, completing the top-six result for Waller who trained all but two in the 1,600m event.
The result had racing scribes scratching their heads to think of a similar feat by a trainer anywhere, let alone in a race at Group Two level.
“Getting the first one over the line is most important and they’ve all been very good horses to our stable and it’s just a privilege to throw a saddle over them on race day,” Waller said.
“Jim said to me before the race not to be surprised if he went to plan B and ride him more positively if there was no speed … that’s what makes Jim Cassidy so good.
“Royal Descent, you’ll see the best of her to come. It’s a long spring and she’s far from her top yet.”
Cassidy only returned to the saddle at Canterbury on Wednesday after an extended holiday, but the veteran of 100 Group One wins showed he had lost none of his edge.
“Weight-for-ages are won by good rides and I thought if I had the option to go forward and lead it could be the winning move,” he said.
“Royal Descent headed me and I wasn’t sure on the line, but it’s great to win back to back.”
Source: The Age, Daniel Franklin.