Chris Waller is one of the most notable trainers working in Australia today and much of the success stems from one of the best trainer performances in recent years on Golden Slipper day 2007.
He moved from New Zealand in 2001 to try his hand at Australian success and in a matter of years had worked his way up as one of Sydney’s top trainers.
Genuine national success had largely eluded him though until he claimed two big stakes wins on a day when the entire country was watching him.
Double Dare and Mr Ubiquitous were his chargers that day, both ridden by Damien Oliver who went on to have his finest day in the saddle also claiming the Golden Slipper and The BMW.
Since that day the Group 1 success has become a common occurrence for Waller who this year looks like adding a Sydney trainers title to his bulging trophy cabinet.
Exactly three years on from that breakthrough outing Waller is back for Golden Slipper day and this time he has runners in both main events.
Fast And Sexy will run in the 2011 Golden Slipper as a long shot but comes of solid performances in the Gold Coast Magic Millions.
In The BMW Hawk Island will be in action, one of Waller’s specifically targetted European staying imports.
“It’s pretty exciting to have our first Slipper runner and to also have a BMW runner,” Waller told Bloodstock.
“We were struggling to be a part of the Slipper but we’re there this year and hopefully we’ll get two in it next year.
“Fast And Sexy is obviously up against it from the outside barrier but I’m hoping she performs well.
“Hawk Island is raring to go and any rain will help him.
“He was placed in the Ranvet, he’s in form and deserves his chance at the Group One.”
While excited to have runners in the major events, his best chance for Group 1 success will come in the George Ryder Stakes which he’s attacked hard with three runners.
They certianly aren’t just making up the numbers either with reigning champion Danleigh, Doncaster Mile winner Rangirangdoo and the impressive youngster Triple Elegance.
“Danleigh is very well and has had a similar preparation to last year,” he said.
“A bit of rain is perfect for him, dead or slow.
“Triple Elegance is flying. It’s his first time at weight-for-age and he would need to run in the first four or five to win a Doncaster which is his aim.
“And Rangi, he showed a real glimpse of form last Friday in a gallop and again on Monday.
“He might still be one run away but I’m happier now than I have been.”
To keep himself busy throughout most of the program Waller also has a contender in the Vinery Stud Stakes.
Iron Lace has won her last three and on track for the AJC Australian Oaks but has a mountain of a task running into the likes of Brazilian Pulse, Do Ra Mi and Pinker Pinker.
“She is in form with three wins but this is her toughest race,” he said.
“If she can run in the first three she will go on to the Oaks.”