Cuddly Ontrack to Waller
Filly By Henrythenavigator (ex So Cuddly by Anabaa)
This filly is by the first season sire Henrythenavigator, a multiple Group 1 winner, that was trained by Aidan O'Brien.
A winner on debut, Henrythenavigator broke his maiden on-debut, over 1400m, by seven lengths in 2007. O'Brien immediately targeted the Group 2 Coventry Stakes (1200m) at Royal Ascot and the colt defeated 19 opponents to win in record time.
During his classic season Henrythenavigator lined up the Group 1 English Two Thousand Guineas at Newmarket, and the dark bay was the only one capable of matching strides with champion New Approach, proving best by a nose over that rival with another high class racehorse in Raven's Pass (by Elusive Quality) finishing fourth.
A rematch with New Approach in the Irish Group 1 Two Thousand Guineas three weeks later saw Henrythenavigator clock up another win. O'Brien, kept him at 1600m to win his next two starts the Group 1 St. James's Palace Stakes, also in record time, and the Group 1 Sussex Stakes, on both occasions beating subsequent Grade 1 Breeders' Cup Classic winner Raven's Pass (by Elusive Quality).
In his final start, Henrythenavigator showed a liking for a synthetic surface when he finished runners-up to Raven's Pass in the Grade 1 Breeders' Cup Classic, beaten a length-and-three-quarters.
The dam of this filly, So Cuddly when in training was under the care of John Hawkes and only had a very light racing career of just eight starts before being retired for breeding duties in the Spring of 2008 as a winner at Randwick.
Not Enough? So Cuddly is by Anabaa who is proving to be a solid broodmare sire with 351 individual winners, with earnings of more than $26million world-wide. Anabaa's broodmare sire record shows 23 stakes winners and 30 stakes placegetters. Of those stakes winners the Group 1 Coronation Stakes, Yorkshire Oaks and Matron Stakes heroine, Lush Lashes (Galileo - Dance for Fun) appears as does the SAJC Group 1 Robert Sangster Stakes winner, Rostova (Testa Rossa - Space Talk) and Silver Frost a Group 1 winner in France of the Poule d'Essai des Poulains, the French 2000 Guineas.
So Cuddly is out of the Group 3 Eulogy Stakes winning, So Lets (by Wallenda) and hails from a family that has produced many winners in both New Zealand and Australia.
This bay/brown filly is the second foal out of So Cuddly who has since produced a bay / brown colt by Real Saga, and, was served by Northing to Lose last spring.
A trip to Sydney in 1998 was a career turner for New Zealander, Chris Waller. Travelling with just a lone horse, Party Belle they returned home a winner.
The lure of the fantastic prizemoney on offer in Australia, against the amount on offer at home, the nature of the competition, and, the sheer challenge Waller began making more trips to Australia from the land of the long-white cloud.
Waller, became more successful every time, and, that success got to a point when he and his wife Stephanie decided Australia was the 'place to live' as Chris forged his reputation.
Waller's team has since grown ten-fold since 2005 when he was granted four boxes at Rosehill, now they sustain enough boxes for 100 thoroughbreds.
Waller's first winner at the highest level was notched up in the autumn of 2008 when Triple Honour won the Doncaster Handicap at Randwick. That breakthrough Group 1 victory followed Triple Honour's nose loss to Weekend Hussler in the Group 1 Randwick Guineas a week earlier.
Since then, Waller has saddled up many big race winners including the 2011 Emirates Stakes (registered name: Cantala Stakes) a million-dollar race on the final day of the Melbourne Cup Spring Carnival week with Albert The Fat.
He also applied the polish to 2010 Group 1 Doncaster Handicap winner, Rangirangdoo. Along with the Group 1 George Ryder Stakes and Manikato Stakes, winner Danleigh is another amongst his achievements at the highest level.
Chris, learned his trade from Paddy Busuttin in Foxton, who must be an excellent tutor as last spring Paddy's son Trent saddled up Sangster to stride home the winner of the Group 1 VRC Derby with Sangster.
Waller, was Busuttin travelling Foreman and was associated with Castletown when that horse finished third in the Melbourne Cup behind Subzero. Waller, then took over Busuttin stable when Paddy accepted a contract to train in Singapore.
Waller is now firmly entrenched at the top of the Sydney Trainers’ premiership, having claimed the title last season by 26-1/2 wins over his nearest rival, Gai Waterhouse.
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