Waller launches assault on Queensland carnival

Shillelagh - Trish Dunell

Trish Dunell

Expat New Zealand trainer Chris Waller has set his attention towards Queensland in the coming months and will have a six-strong contingent in the Gr.2 Hollindale Stakes (1800m) at Gold Coast on Saturday.

They include New Zealand-bred and owned Group One winners Shillelagh and Savvy Coup.

Waller has had tremendous success in Queensland, having trained 43 Group winners in the Sunshine State.

He has experienced a lot of success out of his Gold Coast satellite barn with 97 winners and $9.6 million in prize money in the 22 months since it opened.

Waller's Queensland manager Paul Shailer said Waller took great interest in the Gold Coast stable and constantly switched horses between it and Sydney.

“Chris has worked out a system of moving the horses between the states. For instance Youngstar and few others have done their final work in Sydney and are due to leave on Wednesday night," Shailer said.

"But we have built up our numbers here in recent weeks. We have had only 25 horses here for most of the season so things have been going well.

"A lot of it is Chris picking the right horses and right races for them."

Shillelagh and Savvy Coup will be joined in the Hollindale Stakes by fellow New Zealand-breds Luvaluva, Consensus and Order Again.


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