Reigning Champion Sydney trainer Chris Waller is hoping his numbers can overcome a high-class field in today’s $1 million Emirates Stakes (1600m) at Flemington, the final Group 1 race of the Flemington Spring Carnival.¬†Waller will saddle three runners ‚Äì Danleigh, Albert The Fat and Red Tracer ‚Äì and believes they all have chances.
‚ÄúObviously the Cox Plate runners are there and normally you’d bank on them not being there.¬†I was hoping it’d be a race like the Epsom, it looks a little bit stronger than that to me, but we’ve still got three really good chances.¬†Danleigh should be peaking, Albert The Fat should be peaking and Red Tracer, this certainly has been an afterthought, but she’s had a good freshen up and a trial to keep her fitness levels up.‚Äù
Danleigh (Mujahid) is a four-time Group 1 winner and classy mare Red Tracer (Dane Shadow) is coming off a placing in the Group 1 Epsom Handicap, but Albert The Fat (Magic Albert) is the runner Waller fancies best out of his trio.
Last year’s BTC Cup winner is yet to win at 1600m, but he steamed home to finish second to Love Conquers All in the 1400m Moonga Stakes at Caulfield on 15 October, a run that made Waller think he will get run the mile.
‚ÄúAlbert The Fat is probably the form horse of our three and the one most suited to the race,‚Äù Waller said of the seven-year-old, who will carry 54kg from barrier 11.¬†His runs have been terrific behind Love Conquers All on a couple of occasions and he’s well-weighted.¬†He’s racing as though he’ll get the mile and he’s ready for it but often those type of horses can look like they’ll get a strong mile and don’t, so we’ll only know that on Saturday.‚Äù
Waller knows Danleigh (55.5kg), a last-start eighth in the Drummond Golf Crystal Mile at Moonee Valley, can run 1600m with this year’s Chipping Norton Stakes among his elite-level wins.¬†‚ÄúHe’s the old warhorse of our three and he’s probably pretty well-weighted,‚Äù Waller said. ‚ÄúHe’s not in the best of form, but each of his runs have had merit and he’s certainly looking like he’s ready for a tough mile.
‚ÄúHe’s well, he’s been gradually attacking the line and he’s as fit as we can get him in the twilight of his career.‚Äù