Yes Yes Yes experience gives Chris Waller confidence Domestic facilities will be much more than just a sidekick to the topline sprinter Nature Strip in Saturday’s $ 15 million. TAB Everest in Randwick.
Waller is the only trainer with two runners in the richest race on the turf and would not be surprised if one of the horses greeted on the biggest day of Sydney’s spring.
The Nature Strip ($ 5) is clearly preferred by betting with TAB, while Home Affairs is $ 13 and will be the only three-year-old to line up in the race.
But that does not worry Sydney’s champion coach much.
Coach Chris Waller talks to jockeys. Photo: Mark Evans / Getty Images
Waller has already claimed The Everest once with a three-year-old when Ja Ja Ja greeted in 2019 and believes Home Affairs has the talent to join its former star foal in the history books.
“It gives you confidence that a three-year-old can do it,” Waller said.
“Weight-for-age is a reasonable scale. Of course, they have to be good at beating some of the best sprinters in the world, so it will not be easy.
“From the run three weeks ago and his work the other day, I think it’s going to be hard to look up other decor.”
Home Affairs put itself in The Everest frame with a dominant victory in the Listed Heritage Stakes at Rosehill on September 25th.
Coolmore announced Home Affairs as their runner for The Everest on Saturday morning after the rising star foal worked next to the Nature Strip in a jump on Wednesday.
“His work the other day was pretty good, it squeezed me, and it was good to see (Coolmore) pick him up,” Waller said.
“Hopefully we have a good week this week. He’s a boy running against the men, but I think the preparation of the Golden Slipper type just hardens them.
“It’s like going into a state of origin camp. It makes a man out of them and he has come out of the Golden Slipper two-year-olds and seems to have come back better.
“Now see you on Saturday.”
Home Affairs wins Heritage Stakes. Photo: Mark Evans / Getty Images
Glen Boss will ride home affairs in The Everest, while the Nature Strip is partnering with regular jockey James McDonald.
Barriers to the main event will be drawn on Tuesday at 23.30.
“I would love to see a nice drawing to make it a little easier for home affairs,” Waller said.
“I think most horses in the race would, but probably the Nature Strip is the only one that doesn’t need a good draw.
“If something the inside pulls, it probably prevents him a little.
“I know James (McDonald) will often say we do not need good draws for him and I think that will be the case on Saturday.”
Classique Legend is The Everest’s $ 4 favorite.