Extra money already welcomed by interstate raiders as Chris Waller looks north
RECORD-SETTING trainer Chris Waller is set to race more horses in Queensland in the wake of the state’s prizemoney overhaul.
Waller may consider setting up a Queensland satellite stable in “three to four years” to capitalise on the increased purses.
Waller welcomed Racing Queensland’s announcement on Monday that Saturday metropolitan prizemoney would increase from $45,000 to a minimum of $65,000 a race from October 1 and hinted he was likely to take advantage of the rise.
“It won’t be long before (my) NSW owners work out it is good prizemoney and it’s more than our midweek prizemoney in Sydney ($40,000),” Waller said.
“If there are suitable races up there they will soon say, ‘Chris, come on, let’s take a few up to Queensland’.’’
Waller is not in the position to set up a Queensland satellite stable now but did hint it could happen in the future.
“We are in Queensland for three months of the year anyway and we may as well be there for the other nine months,” he said. “But because we just opened our Melbourne stables it’s not really possible at the moment.
“But who knows down the track and they are obviously starting to head back in the right direction and in three to four years time it could be a different story.”
The prizemoney announcement on Monday could change the landscape of metro racing in the state, with Waller predicting a host of southern trainers would aim for Queensland races more often.
“Especially in our carnival time in Sydney and whether it be spring or autumn it’s quite hard to find the right races for your normal Saturday class horses,” he said.
“You will really notice it then. You will find a lot of the country horses going up, especially the ones halfway in between Brisbane and Sydney.”
Newcastle trainer Kris Lees fits said he was likely to send even more horses north.
Lees has increased his Queensland runners noticeably in recent months and has recent Eagle Farm winner Fine Bubbles engaged at Doomben again on Saturday.
Peter Snowden also did not rule out setting up a satellite stable in Queensland one day.
“For me all my attention is going into Sydney at the moment but I wouldn’t rule it out,” the trainer said.
“I love Brisbane and it’s a great place with good people and now they are doing the tracks up it will make it more attractive.”
Snowden said the money overhaul would help Queensland bridge the gap with NSW and Victorian racing.
“It will bring it back for sure,” he said. “People were going broke but now they have kicked the prizemoney up to that level there is something there for everyone.
“It will lead to bigger fields, bigger revenue and bigger turnover.”
Story courtesy of Brad Davidson Gold Coast Bulletin http://www.couriermail.com.au/sport/superracing/extra-money-already-welcomed-by-interstate-raiders-in-wake-of-rq-overhaul-as-chris-waller-looks-north/story-fnii0njy-1227028632406