Golden Slipper favourite Performer stayed made it two stakes wins from just two starts with victory in the Group 3 Canonbury Stakes at Rosehill on Saturday.
Victory on Saturday was not as easy as his $1.70 starting price suggested it would be but nonetheless, Performer defeated the five-horse field, coming from behind off a slow pace.
“Putting everything into perspective, we’ve still got a long way to go until where we hope he gets to which is the Golden Slipper,” Waller said.
“I was worried before the race. When I saw them going around in the parade ring I just thought, ‘how good do these horses look?’
“But he’s an exciting horse to be training ahead of a big autumn carnival and we wouldn’t change him for anything.”
Despite the narrow margin, Performer’s win was impressive. Tracking into the race three-wide before the home corner, the chestnut colt ran his last 400m in a slick 21.29 seconds.
Waller will now follow the path of 2015 Golden Slipper winner Vancouver by using the Group II Todman Stakes (1200m), scheduled for March 10 at Randwick, as Performer’s Golden Slipper lead-up run.
“He doesn’t need to do too much racing. I’ve looked at previous years and I’m just simply following that,” Waller said.
“He’s just where he needs to be.”
Purchased by Mulcaster Bloodstock for the Harras Syndicate at last year’s Magic Millions Gold Coast Yearling Sale from Newhaven Park Stud, the son of Exceed and Excel has won $192,000 in prizemoney from his first two starts. He is raced by Mr C J Waller, Mr N A Greenhalgh, Mrs M Greenhalgh, Magic Bloodstock Racing, Mystery Downs, Mrs C M Cook, Mr R Smith, Mr I Bruce, Carpe Diem, Mr D N Fuller & Werrett Bloodstock Pty Ltd.