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More Kiwi Recruits For Waller

Tuesday, 10th March 2015

Chris Waller's star New Zealand performers Who Shot Thebarman and Preferment have been joined by two more Kiwi recruits for the autumn, reports NZ Racing Desk. The champion trainer has welcomed the lightly-raced 3YO The Austrian Oak and the untried juvenile Fitzroy to his Sydney stable. Thorn Park gelding The Austrian Oak won one of his five starts for Cambridge trainer Roger James and hasn't raced since finishing fourth behind subsequent Gr1 New Zealand Derby winner Mongolian Khan in the Listed Champion Stakes Prelude in December. "He's hasn't come into the stable yet, he's still at the pre-training farm, but he looks a promising horse," Waller's racing manager Liam Prior said. "Fitzroy trialled well the other day and he'll run at Randwick on Wednesday. He looks like he's got a good level of ability as well." A colt by Swiss Ace, Fitzroy was formerly with Nigel Tiley and was unbeaten in two trials with a Cambridge win in January following his first success at Avondale in the spring. Meanwhile, Gr1 Auckland Cup winner and Gr1 Melbourne Cup placegetter Who Shot Thebarman has progressed well since his bold first-up fifth in the Gr1 Chipping Norton Stakes at Warwick Farm. "He's come back in terrific order and he'll either run in the Skyline Stakes on Saturday or trial on Friday and go to the Ranvet (Gr1) a week later," Prior said. "He'll then run in the BMW and he'll be very competitive over a mile and a half before the Sydney Cup." Zabeel's VRC Derby-winning son Preferment has also pleased the stable in his build-up toward the $2 million Gr1 Australian Derby on April 4. "He's going great and just wants more ground," Prior said.

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VRC Derby winner Preferment (image: Steve Hart)
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