By John Holloway, The Sydney Morning Herald
Chris Waller’s recent domination of Australian group 1 racing was repeated in the 2014-15 season with the former Kiwi trainer notching 13 winners at the highest level – and has the prospect of adding to that at Doomben on Saturday.
Waller’s feats never cease to amaze and he puts his success down to the people he surrounds himself with at his Rosehill and Flemington stables.
One such person is New Zealand-based bloodstock agent Guy Mulcaster, who over the past decade has been responsible for the selection of a number of yearlings and tried horses prepared by Waller.
Mulcaster did his apprenticeship at a number of New Zealand racing and breeding establishments, including Windsor Park Stud with Laurie Laxon as a training partner, and then as a consultant for New Zealand Bloodstock until branching out on his own.
His first foray to England’s Newmarket horses in training sale for Waller, along with veterinarian Tim Roberts, was in 2006 and he has been going ever since with a remarkable success rate.
Of Waller’s 13 group 1 winners this season, Mulcaster recommended eight. Winx became the latest when she romped home with last week’s Queensland Oaks.
His earlier victories by Australian breds were with Kermadec (Doncaster Mile), Preferment (Victoria Derby), Sacred Falls (George Main) and Amicus (VATC 1000 Guineas).
The other group 1 trio were imported horses – Foreteller in the Underwood Stakes, Moriarty in the Kingston Town Stakes and Sydney Cup winner Grand Marshall.
Mulcaster will link up with Waller at the Stradbroke meeting and then accompany the trainer to Royal Ascot for Brazen Beau’s hit-and-run trip as well as trying to spot some stayers to ship to Australia for Waller.