By Ray Thomas
Sydney's premier trainer Chris Waller claimed a winning hat-trick as Eigelstein finished strongly to win the Hyland Race Colours Handicap (1400m) at Royal Randwick.
Eiglestein’s win complemented earlier successes by stablemates Abbasso and Sense And Reason to take the trainer to 120 city wins this season.
Waller won’t challenge his record tally of 167.5 Sydney wins set in 2012-13 but the champion trainer is edging closer to becoming the first to prepare the winners of $20 million prizemoney in a season.
Waller’s hat-trick of Sydney wins and the Group 3 Grand Prix Stakes win of Vilanova at Doomben helped boost the trainer’s prizemoney earnings this season to an extraordinary $19.5 million.
In a stirring finish, Eiglestein ($13), ridden by Jim Cassidy, edged out Excess Knowledge ($6.50) to win by a long head with Absalon ($13) a head away third.
“This horse has come up really well this preparation,’’ Waller said.
“Last time in he was disappointing. We were aiming him at the Villiers Stakes but he just didn’t come up.
“He is the type of horse that needs some ‘cut’ in the ground and that surface suited him today.’’
Meanwhile, Waller said dual Doncaster Mile winner Sacred Falls was due to return to work in New Zealand tomorrow to begin a preparation towards the Cox Plate in the spring.