Have a look at the Wikipedia list of prominent racehorse trainers and you will find an impressive list.
There is Bart Cummings, Tommy (T. J) Smith, Colin Hayes, Gai Waterhouse, Lee Freeman and David Hayes.
Mention is made of Darren Weir, but he does not have a page and if ever he does, his recent unfortunate brush with the racing authorities is certain to be mentioned.
The other name of the list who does not yet have an entry is Chris Waller, who has been omitted for reasons unfathomable to us.
This comes to our attention in the week leading up to day two of The Championships at Randwick, where it is widely believed that the racing career of Waller’s famous charge, Winx, will come to a conclusion following the running of the 2019 ATC Queen Elizabeth Stakes (2000 m, w.f.a.).
With the draw and final acceptances yet to take place, we are not 100 percent certain Winx will be in the field, but the early markets for the race have the mighty mare quoted at $1.06 with one bookie, with a list of others that form a veritable Who’s Who of horses she has beaten in the past.
Returning to Waller, it has been six years since he passed the record for most Sydney metropolitan winners, passing Smith and Waterhouse, with the question on the horizon for the New Zealand born trainer of Thoroughbreds on the cusp of Winx’s retirement being, “What will Waller do for an encore?”
He seems to have a lot of time remaining on his clock as a trainer, provided he has the desire to carry on.
How long? That is hard to say, but we think it will be when he tires of the question, “How does this one compare to Winx?”
Winx has won the Queen Elizabeth the last two times. She beat Gailo Chop by just under four lengths in 2018 in a field of 10 where Waller had to supply just two runners.
In 2017, she beat Hartnell so badly that he might as well have stayed in England, on a soft track that appears to be what Randwick will present on Saturday.