Chris Waller earns his place on millionaire’s row with fifth consecutive Sydney trainers’ premiership   Leave a comment

Chris Waller earns his place on millionaire’s row with fifth consecutive Sydney trainers’ premiership

It’s a far cry from top Aussie earner Andrew Bogut, the NBA ace who pulled in $16.2 million.

King of the hill: Trainer Chris Waller sits on top of the pile of gold when it comes to r

King of the hill: Trainer Chris Waller sits on top of the pile of gold when it comes to record prizemoney amassed in season 2014-15. Picture: Mark Evans Source: News Corp Australia

WHERE would you think horse trainer Chris Waller would rank in BRW’s Aussie sporting rich list? Top 100? Top 50?

Based on the cash he’s pocketed this season — about $2.64 million, based on prizemoney earnings alone — Waller would have crept into the top 20, splitting world champion and shark survivor Mick Fanning ($2.7m) and F1 driver Daniel Ricciardo ($2.5m).

But it’s still remarkable coin.

The money is calculated on 10 per cent of all prizemoney won by Waller’s horses. It doesn’t include any bonuses from stud deals, which was the case with his globetrotter Brazen Beau.

Waller’s personal earnings have now reached at least $1 million the past four seasons.

The bloke hasn’t blown his loot.

When he sits down with The Daily Telegraph this week at Warwick Farm, he’s wearing a Versace suit.

You get the feeling he doesn’t exactly do economy when flying, nor hang out at caravan parks on holidays with his wife and two young children.

“The only thing I’ve done is move from Rosehill to North Parramatta to Baulkham Hills,’’ Waller says.

Glen Boss and Chris Waller embrace after Kermadec won the Doncaster Mile on the opening d

Glen Boss and Chris Waller embrace after Kermadec won the Doncaster Mile on the opening day of The Championships in the autumn. Picture: Mark Evans Source: News Corp Australia

“I still remember my first winner. It was a race worth $3000 at Trentham with a horse called Go Morgan. I got 10 per cent, so that was $300. I was very proud.

“I thought I’d maybe make $2 million during a lifetime of training, not one year.’’

Waller earned a tick over $5000 at Warwick Farm with a couple of winners and placings.

He’s a good chance to at least make $10,000 with some decent chances at Canterbury on Saturday, including Aurora Glow — what he rates as his best hope — along with Marenostro, who could yet be saved the following week.

With so much cash, surely Waller wouldn’t want to train forever?

Another couple of years of this and he could set himself up for life. Go live on a beach. Shoot some golf. Read The Daily Telegraph.

Seriously, who would want to continue working 16-hour days, six-and-a-half days a week?

Waller doesn’t plan to push on into his seventies or eighties like Bart Cummings.

Even though he’s about to rap up his fifth straight Sydney premiership title, it’s foolish to start thinking about him chasing Tommy Smith’s record of 33 straight titles.

Ever the professional, trainer Chris Waller talks jockeys riding for him in a Warwick Far

Ever the professional, trainer Chris Waller talks jockeys riding for him in a Warwick Farm barrier trial. Picture: Mark Evans Source: News Corp Australia

“I’ve got no plans about stopping at all. It’s never entered my mind because I enjoy what I do,’’ Waller said.

“I don’t ever struggle to get out of bed, even when it’s 3am on a Saturday, and we’ve had the Friday night races at Canterbury.

“I do feel for family my a little bit, and I need to make sure they get more attention than the horses.

“I constantly talk to Gai Waterhouse and bounce questions off her, and she’s always at me abut remembering family. She’s always been a fan of making sure of taking breaks two to three times a year.

“I now take a week off after the Melbourne carnival, and a week off after the Sydney autumn. But I do want more time off than just two weeks a year, and I expect my staff to have the same (time off).’’

Popular customer Chris Waller is asked to take a selfie with young racing fans on Golden

Popular customer Chris Waller is asked to take a selfie with young racing fans on Golden Slipper Day. Picture: Mark Evans Source: News Corp Australia

Being on top comes pressure. He knows how hard he can push it.

The real fright came when trainer Guy Walter died from a heart attack last year. Waller had only spoken to Walter a day before at the races.

Waller admitted he had experienced the occasional chest pains while driving, and with Walter in mind, thought he’d get himself completely checked over.

The doctors gave him the all clear. But the never next day he started to run. He now runs five days a week around Rosehill. He completed two laps of the course proper on Wednesday. Even when it’s heavy, Waller quips ‘’I always manage to find the better going’’.

The question has often been asked about Waller’s dominance and whether it’s good for Sydney racing?

“Yeeaaaah,’’ he says, with a laugh.

“I can also see frustrations of trainers. But I’m not taking up spaces in race fields, Sydney fields are rarely at capacity levels, and we don’t stop anyone else from gaining a start.

Preferment: Trainer Chris Waller with the Victoria Derby trophy. Picture: Colleen Petch

Preferment: Trainer Chris Waller with the Victoria Derby trophy. Picture: Colleen Petch Source: News Corp Australia

Brazen Beau: Chris Waller with the Coolmore Stud Stakes trophy. Picture: Colleen Petch

Brazen Beau: Chris Waller with the Coolmore Stud Stakes trophy. Picture: Colleen Petch Source: News Corp Australia

“We don’t buy all the yearlings, we don’t go to England and buy all the horses. We’ve got a good budget, and we have a valuable portfolio of horses, but there’s nothing stopping the likes of Godolphin doubling their numbers out here, or the next sheik from a Qatar coming out, or the Chinese coming in and really ramping things up.

“There are other trainers with big teams.’’

For the record, Waller has 130 in work at Rosehill. There’s 15 in Melbourne. All up there are about 300 on the books.

Based on Waller’s numbers, nobody will come close in the premiership race any time soon.

Come this spring, he hopes to have his name in Group 1 lights with perennial favourite Catkins, the grey yet to clinch a major, Kermadec, who trialled earlier this week and will be aimed at a race like the George Main Stakes, and Press Statement, a smart three-year-old sprinter who will follow the tried and true formula of contesting the Coolmore Stud Stakes via the Roman Consul Stakes and hopefully the Golden Rose.

Waller did it with Zoustar two years ago. Brazen Beau was meant to run in the Golden Rose, but pushed on to the Roman Consul before he smoked them up the Fleimington straight last year.

It was easy money.

If only Waller’s cash came as easily.

Winx: Chris Waller and Queensland Oaks trophy in the foreground.

Winx: Chris Waller and Queensland Oaks trophy in the foreground. Source: News Corp Australia

Originally published as Five star Waller earns his place on millionaire’s row

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Posted July 24, 2015 by belesprit09 in Uncategorized

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