'Tis the season for Waller as ton comes early

Chris Waller brought up his 100 winners before Christmas on Saturday with winning doubles at Rosehill and Flemington and one at Kembla Grange to make it five for the day.

It was a microcosm of his stable as imports Instrumentalist and Index Linked proved too good at Flemington, while locally sourced Pentometer and Calming Influence scored at Rosehill.

“It is satisfying to get to that mark,” Waller said. “Our systems are working and to have doubles in Sydney and Melbourne would make any stable happy.”

Waller has already opened up an unassailable lead in the Sydney premiership and could factor in the Melbourne trainers title as he is only three wins behind Darren Weir.

That is a remarkable achievement considering he only has 10 boxes down south and is waiting on more.

“I don't want to go down there and take over but I'm desperate to get more boxes,” Waller said. “The operation at the moment runs at a loss and with 20 boxes it would only break even but it would give us more options with our horses.

“We picked the right horse to send down there and Instrumentalist and Index Linked got the job done there today. It is good that we were able to bring up the 100 in Melbourne because it has become a good part of our operation.”

Index Linked made it 100 waltzing to an easy win at Flemington, after Danaura had scored a a surprise win at Kembla, and he will continue through the grades in Melbourne.

However there are futures for Pentometer and Calming Influence as Waller sizes up late autumn and winter campaigns for his Rosehill winners.

“Pentometer is the sort of horse that can develop into a nice horse perhaps for the Brisbane winter,” he said. “He stays well and he can come through his grades at this time of year in similar races.

“You start drawing up a list about which might be up to going to Brisbane and he could be one.”

Calming Influence will be sent for a spell and aimed at the JB Carr and PJ Bell Stakes, which Red Tracer won in 2011, at the close of the autumn.

“She is a nice filly and came out and beat the older mares today, which isn't easy to do before Christmas,” Waller said.

“The next step is for her to go to those sort of stakes races and after a spell they would be ideal.”

Nash Rawiller was particularly impressed by Calming Influence as she showed a turned of foot to dash away from her rivals.

“She is ready for the next level now,” Rawiller said. “It felt so easy out there and she did it within herself. I'm sure she will continue to climb the ladder.”

The day ended on a happy note for Waller as his office manager Kerrie O'Grady enjoyed success with Rolston, which was trained by her father Pat and bought out of the Waller yard.

“It is just great to see them finally get this horse to win and be so happy,” Waller said.

Rolston was back from $71 to $31 to land a Christmas plunge with his second win in 27 starts.

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