While it was master trainer Chris Waller taking most of the plaudits for the stunning performances of New Zealand bred gallopers Kermadec (NZ) (Teofilo) and Preferment (NZ) (Zabeel) at Randwick on Saturday there was another important kiwi connection attached to their triumphs.
Both of Waller’s stars were secured for him by local bloodstock agent Guy Mulcaster who has played an integral role in the success of the Waller stable through his astute purchases.
That role was to the forefront in the past week with Waller producing seven individual stakes winners, all of whom were bought for the stable by Mulcaster – Amicus, Winx and Catkins at Rosehill, She’s Clean and Beyond Thankful at Newcastle along with Saturday’s Randwick pair.
Mulcaster is typically modest about his success, preferring to credit Waller and his stable clients for having faith in him to select horses for them.
“We’ve definitely had a fantastic run but I couldn’t do it without their support and their faith in me to trust my judgement” he said.
“Chris has a very loyal band of owners and they have been loyal to me as well which gives you the confidence to go out and buy horses for them.
“I’ve been associated with Chris since my days at New Zealand Bloodstock and he and several of his owners were among the first to support me when I struck out on my own. One of those was Kermadec’s owner Neville Morgan so it was great to see him get another big race win on the weekend.”
Saturday’s victory by Kermadec also further enhanced Mulcaster’s Group One record over the past year with ten individual winners of eleven Group One races bought by the agent in that time. From the Waller stable that list features Moriarty (IRE) (Clodovil), Foreteller (GB) (Dansili) , Winx (AUS) (Street Cry), Amicus (AUS) (Fastnet Rock), Preferment, Grand Marshall (GB) (Dansili) and Sacred Falls (NZ) (O’Reilly). Also included are Sacred Star (AUS) (Flying Spur) (twice) and Rock Diva (NZ) (Lucky Owners) who were purchases he made with local trainer Tony Pike and Raffles Farm manager Bruce Sherwin and raced from Pike’s Cambridge stable.
While Mulcaster currently prepares to attend a number of major European bloodstock sales in the next month he has one eye firmly fixed on Australasian spring racing.
“It’s an exciting time of the year as the Spring Carnivals get underway so to see the horses doing well is always a thrill,” said Mulcaster.
“We’ve had a great run in the big races and hopefully it can continue. Both of Saturday’s winners have major assignments ahead of them so if they can keep improving then we could be adding to the Group One tally which would be the most satisfying result of all.”– NZ Racing Desk.