Waller nominates his mudlarks for Saturday
Sydney’s leading trainer Chris Waller has declared three of his runners will have no problems with the heavy conditions at Warwick Farm on Saturday. The Rosehill horseman will saddle up as many as 15 runners at the western Sydney meeting but steered punters into the ones he thought would handle the wet track.
“White Knight, Titbit and Zakynthos Imprintz all like the heavy conditions,” Waller said.
White Knight will be having only his second Australian start when he lines up in the Chipping Norton Room Benchmark 69 (2110m).
The gelding was strongly fancied from $15 into $8 before he finished seventh when resuming over 1850m at Newcastle on July 9.
Waller has also made a change to the gear of White Knight and the three-year-old will carry pacifiers and a norton bit for the first time.
Stablemate Titbit drops back in distance when she tackles the Warwick Farm 100 Club Benchamrk 84 (1600m).
The four-year-old has raced over 1800m or 1900m at her last four starts including a half-length win over Bag Of Nickels in a benchmark 70 at Randwick on the Kensington track on July 6.
Zakynthos Imprintz is two from two on heavy tracks but has only managed two placings in four starts at Warwick Farm.
The daughter of Footstepsinthesandn lines up in the ATC Memberships On Sale Benchmark 85 (1400m) after finishing 10th behind stablemate Mutawarath at Rosehill on July 2 in slow conditions.
Waller’s duo of Champalou and Mickelberg will do battle in the Rosebud Fillies Preview (1100m) although the trainer hinted Champalou could be rested if the track is too heavy.
Champalou is out of former Group I Queensland Oaks (2400m) winner, Vouvray, and the trainer said the the filly will benefit from the raceday experience.
“We’re not expecting much, she’ll be better over more ground,” he said.
Mickelberg returns to Saturday racing after an impressive win at Canterbury in soft conditions on June 29. The two-year-old has drawn barrier two and will have the services of in-form hoop Jason Collett.
“He’s not as good on the heavy but he’s a fit horse and he won well last start,” Waller said.