Waller Duo Seeking 2013 ATC Australian Oaks Glory

April 18th, 2013

Trainer Chris Waller will line up two runners in this Saturday’s 2013 ATC Australian Oaks at Royal Randwick Racecourse.

Waller has both Royal Descent and Wind Bender in this weekend’s Group 1 feature, however, admits that he could have had three runners had things gone his way.

The trainer had attempted to buy New Zealand star mare Habibi early in her career, who is currently favourite to win the 2013 ATC Australian Oaks.

“We tried to buy Habibi after it won its first two starts,” Waller said.

Royal Descent

Royal Descent will represent Waller in the 2013 ATC Australian Oaks along with stable mate Wind Breaker. Picture by Steve Hart.

“I thought we were a bit soft with our three-year-olds but as it turns out I’m going to have two in the race anyway.”

Habibi went on to win the Group 2 Great Northern Guineas, Group 2 Championship Stakes and Group 1 NZ Derby.

However, Waller is confident that his two runners are in with a strong chance come this weekend’s race.

Royal Descent is second favourite to win the 2013 ATC Australian Oaks at bookmaker.com.au after her dominant Group 3 Adrian Knox Stakes win last weekend.

Waller admitted that Royal Descent had not been aimed at the race prior to that two and a half length victory.

“I was dreading the race last Saturday because I thought it might have been a bit beyond her,” Waller said.

“(But this Saturdayis) a Group One race and the horse is good enough to be in the first three.”

Wind Bender placed fifth in the Adrian Knox Stakes last start and will be looking to go four places better in the 2013 ATC Australian Oaks.

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