The new arrivals for the spring at Chris Waller’s stable will be the focus as Everest-bound Arcadia Queen and Enticing Star step out at Rosehill on Saturday as Kings Will Dream looks to fulfil his group 1 potential in the Makybe Diva Stakes down south.
Getting quality stock from other yards brings with it a responsibility Waller is very aware of owing to the expectation of group 1 success with the trio.
Kings Will Dream has already had the one run back in the Winx Stakes, where he chopped out in the straight as he ran fifth beaten under two lengths by Samadoubt, and it has lifted the premier trainer’s confidence.
“He was brilliant the other day and showed us what we wanted to see,” Waller said. “He is going to really appreciate the big track at Flemington and the mile.”
Kings Will Dream was coming back from a broken pelvis at Randwick that he suffered when pulled up in the Cox Plate last year after finishing sixth as Caulfield Cup favourite.
He has always had a liking for Flemington, where he is a two-time winner as well as being Makybe Diva runner-up and third in the Turnbull Stakes last year as he emerged as a topliner.
“You just wanted to see that he was all right first-up and he was very good. We know he is up to this [group 1] level and he will run well,” Waller said.
Mark Zahra has been booked to ride Kings Will Dream through out his Melbourne spring campaign.
Back in Sydney, Arcadia Queen and Enticing Star will have their first runs for their new stable en route to The Everest after crossing the Nambour.
Waller has taken a measured approach with the two Bob Peters-owned mares, knowing the $14 million grand final day is six weeks away on October 19.
The conditions of the races will see Enticing Star run in the set weights and penalties Sheraco Stakes, while group 1 winner Arcadia Queen is pencilled in for the Theo Marks Quality, where she should get nice weight advantage given her rating.
“I will have a chat with Mr Peters once the weights come out but he has suggested that we don’t start them off too early,” Waller said. “But if we don’t start off this week it is gets a bit harder for them.
“I have been very happy with what they have done and they’re well ahead of schedule.”
Arcadia Queen has been signed to The Star’s slot for the Everest, while Enticing Star will be the first trained by Waller to take his slot in the race.
Waller is looking forward to seeing both mares in full flight on Saturday as he rarely asks any of his horses in the mornings.
“I haven’t tried to ask them how good they are yet on the track. I have seen what they did in Perth, and that was very impressive,” Waller said.
“I have been purposely concentrated on keeping the speed in them because of the Everest. They need to be sharp for it.”
The highlight of the Rosehill card will be the Run To The Rose, where San Domenico Stakes winner Exceedance will be favourite with Waller to have three runners, all first-up, in Yes Yes Yes, Accession and Kubrick.
Meanwhile, nominations for the Epsom, Metropolitan and Flight Stakes close on Monday. – Chris Roots, Sydney Morning Herald.