Waller Pleased with 2016 Doncaster Mile Entrants

March 29th, 2016

Chris Waller will saddle clear race favourite Winx in Saturday’s 2016 Doncaster Mile (1600m) at Royal Randwick, but is also pleased with the condition of stable mates Kermadec and Good Project ahead of the feature race on Day 1 of The Championships.

Trainer Chris Waller is pleased with reigning champion Kermadec ahead of Saturday's 2016 Doncaster Mile. Photo: Steve Hart

Trainer Chris Waller is pleased with reigning champion Kermadec ahead of Saturday’s 2016 Doncaster Mile. Photo: Steve Hart

Winner of the last year’s edition of the Doncaster Mile, Kermadec has returned to racing in typically competitive form this time and appears primed for a return to winning form after placing third in the Group 1 Canterbury Stakes (1300m) and a close second to Winx in the Group 1 George Ryder Stakes (1500m) most recently.

Pleased with the work completed by the son of Teofilo in recent weeks, Waller told Racing.com he is confident Kermadec is ready to fire under the conditions of the 2016 Doncaster Mile.

“His work has been very good, a typical high standard for him,” Waller said.

“His fitness levels have steadily improved – first-up in the Canterbury Stakes he had a good blow and even in the George Ryder running second to Winx, and he’ll be fitter again on Saturday.

“Obviously he’s got a gap to bridge but he does get a small turn around in the weights and is a kilo and a half better off than what he was in the George Ryder.”

Kermadec is a two-time Group 1 winner having also taken out last year’s George Main Stakes over a mile in spring, and has posted a commendable four race triumphs and six minors through only fifteen competitive starts.

Good Project is yet to make much of an impact in two starts this time, but Waller remains confident he has taken plenty of benefit from the hit-outs and a recent barrier trial and is ready to perform as an outsider in the Doncaster Mile 2016.

“He’s going along OK,” Waller said.

“He hasn’t had the perfect preparation – last start we went forward on him and he just didn’t quite finish off as well as we would have liked and he also knuckled over as the barriers opened and pulled up a touch short in his action.

“He’s since trialled and won his trial, and that pleases me enough. Not perfect as a I said, but he’s fit, he’s had the two runs and the trial so shouldn’t be far away.

“He’s a rough light-weight chance.”

Good Project was a strong and consistent performer for Waller through the recent Spring Carnival and capped his year second to Malaguerra in the Lavazza Short Black (1400m) at Flemington on Melbourne Cup Day before posting a maiden Group 1 triumph in the Railway Stakes (1600m) at Perth’s Ascot Racecourse on November 21st.

Ladbrokes.com.au is current offering the best 2016 Doncaster Mile odds, for which Kermadec can be taken at a quote of $7 for success while Good Project represents particularly good value at $26 odds.