Thursday, April 4, 2013

Waller guns for Pierro

Chris Waller.

Chris Waller. Photo: Pat Scala

Premier trainer Chris Waller knows his role could be one of party pooper on Saturday as he shoots for a record fourth consecutive George Ryder Stakes win at Rosehill.

Waller has a trio of runners looking to unseat hot favourite Pierro, including 2011 French Derby winner Reliable Man.

''[Pierro] is a very good horse and a lot of people will be there to see him on Saturday - my job is to upset him,'' Waller said.

''Whether it is Shoot Out, Danleigh or Reliable Man, it will take a great effort to beat him.''


Reliable Man, a winner of four races from 12 starts, will be having his first run in Australia.

Waller said he had been a difficult horse to place. ''With what he has done overseas, finding the right race for him is hard. He has the best European form as a three-year-old.

''It has been a bit of a rush to get to this race but he has to start somewhere and we will find out a bit more about him on Saturday against some of the best horses we have here.

''We are trying to build him up slowly and get him ready for the spring, but he is a quality horse.''

Waller's team will be led by five-time group 1 winner Shoot Out, who won the Chipping Norton Stakes first-up, while Danleigh was third in the same race.

''Shoot Out has been the benchmark for the older weight-for-age horse at mile [1600 metres] but he meets the new kid on the block in Pierro and we have all seen how brilliant he is,'' Waller said.

''I think the month between runs really suits Shoot Out because he is such a great fresh horse but he will need to be at the top of his game.''

Waller has owned the Ryder in the past three years, winning with Danleigh (2010), Rangirangdoo (2011) and Metal Bender (2012).

The stable also has a trio of runners in the BMW Stakes - Foreteller, Kelinni and Gatewood.

Waller will attempt to upset another Gai Waterhouse favourite, More Joyous, in the Queen Of The Turf Stakes, in which he will be represented by Red Tracer, who was the closest of seconds in the Coolmore Stakes at her last start.

''This is tougher and she jumps in weight but it is worth having a go at More Joyous while she is in from,'' Waller said. ''She is probably better placed in handicaps, but I think 1500 metres is the right distance for her to be taking on these top fillies [and mares]. It is about trying to get that group 1 win for her.''
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