CHAMPION trainer Chris Waller will have 23 horses based on the Gold Coast full-time by the end of the month, a stable representative has confirmed.
A six-time Sydney Trainers’ Premiership winner, Waller confirmed in June he‘d establish a satellite stable on the Gold Coast.
He last month said the move was to take advantage of Queensland’s warmer climate and make it easier to launch an attack on the Magic Millions and Winter Carnivals.
“We expect to have any improvements at the property finalized by the end of the month and will look to have 23 horses at the property full-time from the beginning of the new season,” stable representative Liam Prior said.
“In the meantime, we will commence to build our numbers over the coming month.”
Waller's first Queensland runner post-carnival will be six-year-old gelding Loving Home, which has drawn barrier 11 for Larry Cassidy in the 2040m BM80 Handicap (Race 4) at Doomben on Saturday.
Following a second behind Wildflower on a Heavy (10) track at Randwick last-start, Loving Home has been installed as a $2.80 fixed-price favourite with UBET.
A keen supporter of the Queensland Winter Racing Carnival, Waller has tasted Group One success in Brisbane nine times since the 2008-09 racing season.
Pressday, Press Statement, Zoustar, Winx and most recently, Egg Tart are among his winners in the JJ Atkins, Doomben Cup, Doomben 10,0000, Queensland Oaks and Queensland Derby.
Waller moved from New Zealand to Sydney at the start of the millennium, bringing with him four horses.