Trainer Chris Waller hoping to add Zarastro to powerful Gold Coast team

Hall of Fame trainer Chris Waller can further strengthen his already formidable team for the $2 million Magic Millions 2YO Classic if Zarastro makes a winning debut at Royal Randwick on Saturday.

Zarastro and stablemate Coastwatch, both expensive yearling sale purchases, clash in the Precise Air Handicap (1200m).

Only Zarastro is eligible for next month’s Magic Millions at the Gold Coast after the Waller team secured the I Am Invincible colt for $1.05 million at last January’s sale. Fastnet Rock colt Coastwatch cost $750,000 at the Inglis Easter Sale.

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Hugh Bowman will ride Zarastro for Chris Waller at Randwick on Saturday. Photo: Mark Evans/Getty ImagesSource:Getty Images

“We have two decent two-year-olds, Zarastro and Coastwatch, running against each other,’’ Waller said.

“Zarastro is having his first start and like most of our ‘babies’ you will see improvement with racing. Coastwatch should be better again for the two runs he’s had.’’

Although Waller finds it hard to split his colts, TAB Fixed Odds has Zarastro at $4.80 and Coastwatch at $12 behind the James Cummings-trained $2.50 favourite Paulele.

Zarastro will need to win or run very well to join his boom stablemates She’s All Class and Shaquero on the Magic Millions trail.

Unbeaten Breeders Plate winner Shaquero is the $4.50 favourite for the Magic Millions while stablemate She’s All Class vaulted to the second line of betting at $5 after her runaway win at Wyong on Thursday.

Waller said Shaquero is likely to have his next start either at Royal Randwick or Doomben on Boxing Day while She’s All Class may not start again before the Magic Millions.

“Where we race Shaquero will come down to the barrier draws and weather conditions but I have a slight leaning to Sydney,’’ Waller said.

“As for She’s All Class, I’m hoping to give her an exhibition gallop or a (barrier) trial rather than another race before the Magic Millions.

Breeders’ Plate winner Shaquero is the favourite for next month’s Magic Millions. Photo: Grant GuySource:The Daily Telegraph

“I’d like to take her back to the races (for an exhibition gallop) as she is a bit excitable but that’s the only chink in her armour.

“She has come through her Wyong win really well, she is ticking all the boxes and coping with the pressure of training.’’

Waller is using a revolutionary new piece of technology called “StableWizard” to monitor the wellbeing of She’s All Class – and every racehorse in his stable for that matter.

The “StableWizard” was launched this week and is a new automation platform for the care and management of thoroughbred racehorses.

Inspired by the vision of Segenhoe Stud’s Kevin Mahoney and created by a two-year development process used by the Waller and his team, “StableWizard” is a racehorse training program that “improves horse welfare and asset management as well as business efficiency and safety, reducing costs and enhancing outcomes.”

“StableWizard automation will be like the transformation from horse and cart to the automobile for this industry,” Maloney said.

Charlie Duckworth (left) played a big role in collating data for the revolutionary new program StableWizard. Photo: Vince Caligiuri/AAP ImageSource:AAP

The program keeps record of vital statistics including temperature, weight, recovery times from track gallops and races, trackwork times and other key elements to give provide a detailed study of each racehorse in training. Other equine service providers like vets, farriers, physio, and dental services can all utilise this data.

“By ensuring and maintaining the health and wellbeing of each horse in my care in a stable with this incredibly useful data provided by StableWizard, we have improved the efficiency of our business and the care we can provide to our horses,’’ Waller said. “Some processes that took two hours now take two minutes.’’

Waller said the easiest way of explaining this technology is that it helps us a trainer to quickly identify and manage potential problems with horses in training.

“This is all about accurately tracking a horse’s health,’’ Waller said. “We have been developing and using this technology at our stables for a couple of years and (stable manager) Charlie Duckworth has been a big help collating the right data.

“I think it is pretty well known that Winx didn’t have many setbacks but like any horse she had an occasional off day.

“But we could see that coming with this data and we would change her work slightly so she never really had a day off, spike in temperature or a setback in training.

Accountability is in fine fettle ahead of his Randwick assignment on Saturday. Photo: Grant GuySource:The Daily Telegraph

“For a trainer, it’s all about being on the front foot when these challenges come along.

“If a horse does get a temperature or virus, we can identify it quickly and get that horse out of the stable before the virus spreads. We can spell that horse for a week or so and they will bounce back quickly.’’

Waller said the technology shows that promising stayer Accountability remains in good health and peak fitness going into the Schembrae’s At Blueberry Hills Handicap (2000m) at Randwick.

Accountability is a dominant $2.60 favourite to score his third from his last four starts despite being a surprise race morning scratching from the Christmas Cup last Saturday.

“This horse is flying but the reason I scratched him last week is because I felt he didn’t really need to get to 2400m so quickly in his preparation,’’ Waller said.

“There is no follow up races at 2400m for him after the Christmas Cup until the Australia Day Cup next month so I didn’t see any point of running him last week.

“If I did, he would most likely be in the spelling paddock now but this way I can still get him through to the Australia Day Cup.’’

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Waller also has Across Dubai ($26) in the Accountability race with the stable having a powerful 17-horse entry across seven races at the Randwick meeting.

They include $4 favourite Vitesse and stablemates Saigon ($8), Macushla ($15) and Savigne ($17) in the Ranvet Handicap (1400m).

The Waller stable also has a quarter of runners in the Sky Racing Active Handicap (1600m) with New Arrangement ($6.50), Nyami ($7.50), Betcha Flying ($8) and Bigboyroy ($8.50) behind the Mark Newnham-trained favourite Fulmina ($2.70).

Originally published asZarastro on Magic Millions path

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