Chris Waller celebrates on Derby Day last year.Chris Waller celebrates on Derby Day last year. Photo: Getty Images

Just what would the late Bert Lillye, who this week finally made racing’s Hall Of Fame, have made of Chris Waller’s domination of Sydney racing?

With thousands of positive words in the Sydney Morning Herald and Sun-Herald, Lillye whet the appetite of turf enthusiasts and encouraged outsiders. But racing then was more the playground of characters, epitomised by the Lillye doctrine: “There is at least one good story behind every stable door.”