Mister Sea Wolf, an eight-year-old, comes off winning the Shannon Stakes at group 2 level in September, his fourth black-type success. Waller opted to miss the Epsom with the winner of 10 races and had thoughts towards either this race or Perth.
He kept Mister Sea Wolf up to the mark by running in the Redzel Stakes against the best sprinters a month ago. While he admits that top level racing has passed him by, Waller says the winner of almost $800,000 in prizemoney is still a cut above the step down that will greet him on Saturday.
“Horses like him, you get one of two chances in a group 1 down in the weights but he has missed that now,” Waller said. “They look frustrating because I have better horses, but in actual fact they are good prizemoney spinners and they win their races.
“Star Of The Seas is almost the same horse [as Mister Sea Wolf], he is now, basically where Mister Sea Wolf was 12 months ago and gets a big weight advantage.”
Star Of The Seas comes back from group 1 racing after being third in the Epsom and finishing midfield in the Cantala Stakes at Flemington and looks well placed for his $1 million shot.
“His run in the Epsom was outstanding, he was beaten by Kolding and Te Akau Shark, they have shown what good horses they are since,” Waller said. “He did a bit of work that day to get there and stuck on very well. He likes this trip.
“We have to hope that he can bounce back after a poor run last time. It was the worst run of his career and it was the first time for me he had been left-handed, maybe it was that that caused it.
“He is pretty straightforward, he doesn’t carry a lot of condition, he suits our stable. He will run well.”
Waller has also snuck Asterius into The Gong field after Testashadow was scratched on Saturday and from gate one with only 52kg the lightly-raced five-year-old is a knockout hope.
“He will be saved for that last crack at them and come with the last run,” Waller said.
Meanwhile, the Magic Millions Classic could be on the agenda for the Bjorn Baker-trained and owned Hinchbeast after a dashing debut where he ran a time comparable to the Golden Gift.
Hugh Bowman admitted that he could improve on the ride, where he opened up a six-length lead and held a late challenge from Volterra, a $1.3 million Magic Millions purchase also having his first raceday appearance.
“He’s a nice young colt, got a beautiful action so much so I probably misjudged the speed a bit,” Bowman said. “We will both be improved by the experience.”
Chris Waller indicated he might miss the Gold Coast with the runner-up, preferring to test him at the highest level in the autumn.
Racing writer for The Sydney Morning Herald