Rosehill trainer Chris Waller gives a briefing on the stable's runners at Rosehill on Saturday:
Race 7 – Coolmore Classic – 1500m
We have good representation here with some nice mares that deserve Group 1’s or further Group 1 wins as is the case with SAVVY COUP:
SAVVY COUP – Her first up run was a long way below what I expected so I am hoping that the race will help to bring her on. Her work seems to be fine but realistically she could still be another run away and obviously she is looking for a little bit further.
NOIRE – She wasn’t suited by the way the race was run and we just got too far back last start, the barrier draw is not much better tomorrow but I am hoping with such a big field that she just gets a little bit of luck and can track into the race from a midfield position to finish off strongly late. She copes well with soft tracks and her work has been good through the week.
I AM SERIOUS – She was brilliant first up without winning, she has been set for this race all along and she is a very talented mare. It will be great to be able to get a Group 1 win for her owner and breeder Mr. Bob Haire and family. Getting a horse off another trainer to me is a great sign of respect and one that I take very seriously and if we can repay his trust it would be a very special moment.
That is not to say that it wouldn’t be special to win with any of the other mares, having two runners for the Star Thoroughbreds team.
FIESTA – Obviously she has been placed in Group 1 races, she is a multiple Group winner and was brilliant first up when winning prior to her luckless run last start in the Surround Stakes. The draw is a little awkward but she is quite an adaptable filly and a very good one at that and she gets her chance here against the older fillies and mares at her home track.
I believe all four of our horses should handle the track conditions tomorrow, I walked the track this morning and it has a lovely feel to it, there is plenty of grass which would suggest that we are in for a good three week carnival at Rosehill. In comparison to this time last year I think Sydney racing is in a much better position thanks to the Kensington track coming back online and our racing surfaces have picked up all round as a result.
Race 8 – Hyland Race Colours Ajax Stakes – 1500m
MCCREERY - His first run was a pass mark and he will improve on a soft track.
KAONIC – He copes well with the soft conditions, his first up run was also a pass mark and he will appreciate further tomorrow. At this stage we still think he is a light weight chance in the Doncaster but he would need to be running in the top three to confirm that tomorrow.
SEAWAY – He has been a model of consistency this preparation, it is a nice race for him and he has drawn well and down in the weights he will certainly be very hard to beat.
ABDON - Realistically he would struggle to beat these types of horses but he is fit and should run well fresh. I would think third up in a race like the Lord Mayors Cup or in the Wagga Cup would be when I would expect him to peak.
Race 5 – Chandon S Phar Lap Stakes – 1500m
VERRY ELLEGANT - She had an elevated temperature after her brilliant first up run, fortunately she has made a full recovery and only had a couple of quiet days since then. She has galloped well and certainly looks well, she is an exciting horse and is well placed in tomorrow’s event. James McDonald will be better for the experience of riding her last start, she is not the easiest of horses but certainly having a rider aboard that knows her will be a big plus and hopefully we can progress through to the Vinery with a bit of confidence.
ZALATTE – It was a brilliant run first up in the Surround Stakes, she has taken good improvement from the run and she is a filly that we hope to get through to the Vinery and then the Oaks. She has drawn to get a nice run and will run well.
Race 1 – Catanach’s Handicap – 1350m
UP ‘N’ ROLLING – He is resuming after a long layoff but he has come back well and looks quite fit. We would like to see him run before getting too confident with him but he should certainly be respected.
HOGMANAY – He is very similar to Up ‘N’ Rolling, he is a handy horse on his day but I would expect him to be getting better over further. He is not quite as forward in condition in my opinion as Up ‘N’ Rolling.
PARET – It looks a nice race for him, he just hasn’t really been running in the right races in terms of distances. In hindsight I would have liked to have started him over 1350m first up and then steadily increased the distances. The horse is well and has drawn to get a nice run so I expect him to run well.
STAR OF THE SEAS - We are hoping to see him continue to improve this preparation, his last start run was very good where he came from well back on a day where it was difficult to make up ground.
Race 2 – Canadian Club Maurice McCarten Stakes – 1100m
ADVANCE YULONG – He is a multiple Group 2 winner in Europe but was just too keen first up, hence the reason why I have dropped him back in distance. I doubt he would have a great turn of foot over this trip but I need to bring him back in distance to get him racing tractably. Once we have him racing tractably he will be capable of winning a very good race in Australia.
Race 3 – Harrolds Magic Night Stakes – 1200m
STILL SINGLE - It was a very good run last start where she got a fair way back. The draw tomorrow is not going to do her any favours but hopefully she can get some cover in a midfield position and she will finish off strongly.
STARLA - Her first up run was brilliant, admittedly it was only a maiden but the horse that beat her on debut looks very smart. She will take good improvement from her first up run and she is a filly that has a very bright future.
Race 4 – Bowermans Office Furniture Pago Pago Stakes – 1200m
LUBUK - His first up run was disappointing but it was my fault for taking the blinkers off. We put these on him last preparation in Queensland which saw really good improvement. I didn’t think he would need them this preparation but clearly he does so they are back on and he will run a lot better as a result.
Race 6 – Schweppes Sky High Stakes – 2000m
PATRICK ERIN – He is getting to a more suitable distance, his first up run was brilliant but second up he was made to look a little one paced as you would expect against Winx and Happy Clapper so third up over 2000m will suit him much better. He does carry a penalty for being a Group 1 winner but he should be running a good race and then onto the BMW from here.
LIBRAN – His first up run was a pass mark, I don’t want it to be too wet for him as he is clearly better on good tracks but he needs to run to get some mileage into his legs to run in the BMW in two weeks’ time.
BRIMHAM ROCKS – There is certainly nothing wrong with him at home, his work has been very good, he looks well but he has simply been outpaced by the likes of Winx and Happy Clapper and in respect to those horses, they would make a lot of horses look plain. He can bounce back tomorrow and he is on track for the BMW in two weeks’ time as well.
Race 9 – ANZ Bloodstock News Handicap – 1900m
DESERT PATH – It was a brilliant run last start and he was unlucky not to have won, he is carrying a bit of weight tomorrow and it is a bit unknown as to how he will handle a soft track but he certainly has class on his side.
CALIBRATION – I am expecting him to improve with the blinkers on, he has certainly worked well with them.
JAKE’S HILL – It was a very good run first up, he hasn’t run for a few weeks because of being balloted out so he had a trial to keep his fitness levels up and I have no problem with him going straight to 1900m.
BAJAN GOLD - It was a good run on debut, he has also trialled in between runs, helping to get his fitness levels up to be competitive second up over 1900m.