Premier ambitions for Waller
Winning the Sydney trainers’ premiership is one of Chris Waller’s ambitions but he concedes it probably won’t happen this season.
Waller ended Saturday’s racing one win ahead of Peter Snowden with premier trainer Gai Waterhouse another seven behind.
Despite his early dominance, Waller says the numbers are against him leading into the autumn but he is satisfied things are moving in the right direction.
"We haven’t got as many bullets to fire as Gai and Peter but I’m pleased with how things are going," Waller said.
"We’ve got the systems in place and the horses are racing consistently.
"But because they are racing consistently they are going up in the weights so they will race themselves out of these Benchmark races.
"I know we are doing the right things and who knows, in a year or two then we might be looking at a premiership."
Snowden trains a huge team for Sheikh Mohammed’s Darley Australia while Waterhouse comes into her own in the Sydney autumn.
Among the horses coming back for Darley are Group One winners Denman and Purple.
"Denman will be ready to trial in a couple of weeks while Purple is about five weeks away," Snowden said.
"The plan for Purple is to give her a Sydney weight for age campaign while the Australian Guineas is a target for Denman."
Purple’s Group One wins in the Storm Queen (2000m) and Queensland Oaks (2400m) on wet tracks gained her a reputation as a mudlark.
But she proved she her versatility in the spring as a four-year-old on good tracks with a win in the Group Two Matriarch Stakes (2000m) at Flemington after an unlucky second in the Listed Ladies Day Vase (1600m) at Caulfield.
Her final spring outing in the Sandown Classic resulted in a close second to Zipping.
"She’s not just a wet tracker," Snowden said.
"She won the Matriarch on a good track and her other runs were super as well."
The winner of six of his eight starts including the Group One Golden Rose, Denman hasn’t raced since finishing seventh to Starspangledbanner in the Caulfield Guineas.
By Caryl Williamson