Importing stayers have proved to be a successful business for Sydney trainer Chris Waller, with many of these stayers running in the Group Sydney Cup this Saturday April 23, 2011.
The trainer utilised a number of tried horses’ sales in England a few years ago in his search for stayers to run in Australia during the Sydney winter.
One of Waller’s best buys, Hawk Island, is currently the second favourite for this weekend’s $400,000 Sydney Cup after winning on heavy ground in the JPA Plate last Saturday.
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“I was rapt with Hawk Island on Saturday and he has come through the race very well,” Waller said.
“It was basically a final gallop for him before the (Sydney) Cup.”
The majority of Waller’s European buys have found success and have adapted well to Australian horse racing conditions.
“Once the imported horses adapt to our way of racing they seem to do well and it’s a big thing to be able to get the bloodlines,” Waller said.
“Hawk Island is by Hawk Wing out of a Sadler’s Wells mare and you can’t buy that in Australia.
“You have to get horses out of daughters of Sadler’s Wells but we are getting the direct line.”
Waller went to England in search of stayers due to an Australian breeding industry that is primarily focused on sprinters and milers.
“We just don’t breed stayers in Australia so it’s good to be able to bring these ones over,” Waller said.
Chris Waller isn’t only armed with Hawk Island in this Saturday’s Sydney Cup, but also two other European imports, Stand To Gain and Strike One.
“Both need the two miles to help them get through what could be a slow track,” Waller said.
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