Several of Chris Waller’s latest European recruits will fly out of England on Thursday bound for Australia.
Waller purchased nine colts and geldings at the Tattersalls Horses In Training Sale held in England late last month for 600,000 guineas (about $A1.35 million). The group ranged in price from 16,000 guineas (about $36,000) to 200,000 guineas (about $450,000).
With Waller on deck at the spring carnival, his bidding at Newmarket was done by prominent New Zealand bloodstock agent Guy Mulcaster of Winx and Kermadec fame.
Tattersalls, and the UK in general, has proven to be an ongoing source of some of Waller’s grand successes via the likes of My Kingdom Of Fyfe, Foreteller, Junoob, He’s Your Man, Grand Marshal, Opinion, Hawk Island, Kellini and Stand To Gain.
“We have been going there for eight years now and as you can see with a lot of horses that come to Australia, their price-tag doesn’t guarantee them any more success then the next one,’’ Mulcaster said.
“Some horses will acclimatise better than others and we are lucky that we have a really good trainer who knows what to do with them and it has meant that we have had a good run with these European horses.’’
Mulcaster said three of the nine purchases will fly out on Thursday while the remaining six will follow two weeks later.
“They will filter through quietly and we’ll just let the horses tell us when the want to run,” Mulcaster said. “Some will run in Sydney, some will run Melbourne and some might even just go out for a spell when they get off the plane. They are basically reasonably well handicapped so they’ll probably be starting off in Wednesday races and we’ll see where it takes them.’’ – Shayne O’Cass, The Daily Telegraph