Trainer Chris Waller is seen after Romani Girl wins race 4, the 50 Years ATC Members Recognition, during the Expressway Stakes Day at Royal Randwick Racecourse in Sydney, Saturday, February 1, 2020. (AAP Image/Simon Bullard)

Chris Waller chats about taking on the horse set to be won by lucky punters

March 7th 2020

Premier trainer Chris Waller says there is no greater feeling than being on course to watch your horse win and that’s exactly what he will aim to deliver to a host of new owners who will win a share in one of his runners.

Waller will take on the horse set to be purchased by Aquis Farm at the upcoming Magic Millions Yearling Sale and given to six lucky punters who will win a share in it thanks to an initiative by the Gold Coast Turf Club.

Waller is one of the highest profile trainers in Australia and the man who mentored the great Winx.

His headquarters situated at Rosehill while he also has a satellite stable on the Gold Coast.

The New Zealander has won more than 100 Group 1 races, nearly 3000 in total, and nine NSW metropolitan premierships.

Waller, has won 50 races on the Gold Coast at a winning strike rate of 17.5 per cent, said he was excited by the prospect of providing ownership opportunities to a horse who will be eligible for next year’s $500,000 2YO Jewel.

“I am proud to be involved in this competition which is a great initiative by Aquis Farm and the Gold Coast Turf Club,” Waller said.

“There is no greater feeling than being on course to watch your horse win and this competition is a fantastic way to help expose the excitement of horse ownership to the broader public.

“Aquis Farm have been very good supporters of my stable and I look forward to working closely with them again when the horse is purchased at the Magic Millions QTIS March Sales this year.

“The horse will initially be based at my Gold Coast stables and aimed for the QTIS 2YO Jewel next year.”

The upcoming yearling sale will come just days after the Jewel Race Day at the Gold Coast Turf Club on March 14 where $1.6 million in prizemoney, plus bonuses, will be up for grabs.

Waller won the opening two races at last year’s Jewel Race Day, winning the Class 3 Plate with See The Master and the Benchmark 85 Handicap with stayer Wu Gok, who went on to win a Group 3 months later.

– Tom Boswell, Gold Coast Bulletin