Cup success: Jockey Hugh Bowman and trainer Chris Waller celebrate after winning the Queensland Oaks with Winx.Cup success: Jockey Hugh Bowman and trainer Chris Waller celebrate after winning the Queensland Oaks with Winx.Photo: Tertius Pickard

The question was simple enough: what is the view like from up there after passing a great in John Hawkes for a modern-day record for most group 1 wins in a season?

The response suggested Chris Waller is still trying to comprehend his ever-expanding place in Australian racing history.

“I still do [look up to the likes of Hawkes] and that won’t change,” Waller said.