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Chris Waller army gathers on southern front

Waller currently has 17 horses in Melbourne. “Mainly with young horses,’’ he said of the fresh start.

Chris Waller says Melbourne’s great attraction is the state of its training and racetrack

Chris Waller says Melbourne’s great attraction is the state of its training and racetracks. Picture: Brett Costello Source:News Corp Australia

FOR Chris Waller, the trickle is about to become a stream.

The king of Sydney racing is planning to double numbers at his Flemington satellite base, coinciding with a greater familiarity with the nuances of Victorian racing that he hopes will improve his flagging strike rate.

Chris Waller is no stranger to success in Melbourne, seen here with the Victoria Derby tr

Chris Waller is no stranger to success in Melbourne, seen here with the Victoria Derby trophy after Preferment’s victory last year. Source: News Corp Australia

“The aim is to start off some youngsters down there, right from the beginning of their campaigns, get them used to life down there right from the start.’’

Waller said Melbourne’s great attraction was the state of its training and racetracks.

“Your tracks are so much better, so much drier,’’ he said.

“I know Melbourne doesn’t have the same sort of rain as us, especially in recent times, but the difference is remarkable.’’

Waller struggled for over 12 months to make anywhere the impact on the Melbourne scoreboard as he had for years in Sydney. His well-backed horses, particularly stayers, were regularly being beaten, often by getting too far out of their ground.

“I think it was more a coincidence than anything else, although you do notice differences in race shape between the states that you have to get used to,’’ he said.

“Melbourne fields tend to be bigger, especially in staying races, and you need more luck. And they tend to go at a quicker tempo in the staying races.’’

Waller’s overall strike rate in Melbourne has not improved this season, but his figures reveal his strengths and weaknesses.

Figures provided by SmartformRacing show Waller’s horses have a near zero first and second-up strike rate but run at 12.9 per cent after two runs back and his strike rate improves as the races get longer.

His horses win at a strike rate of about five per cent under 1600m, six per cent from 1600m to 2000m and 11 per cent at 2000m and beyond.

Waller will run Our Voodoo Prince in Sydney — “there’s a woeful race he can win up there,’’ he said — leaving him with five Flemington runners.

He said all-but the out-of-form Mamwaazel (R8) would be competitive.

His key runner appears to be in-form frontrunner Black Jag, who contests the Banjo Patterson Series Heat 5.

He is a $7.50 chance.

“He’s no world-beater but by gee he tries hard,’’ he said.

Originally published as Waller army gathers on southern front

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Posted June 26, 2015 by belesprit09 in Uncategorized

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