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Horse Detail

Name: Elusive Zeds

Gender: Filly

Sire: Elusive Quality

Dam: Zeds (Retired)

Trainer: Chris Waller

Foal Date: 25/9/2009



Given the dominance of Danehill, and the subsequent success of his sons and daughters, breeders have searched high and low for stock that will cross successfully with Danehill.  Especially, as the number of thoroughbreds without Danehill appearing in their pedigree shrink in numbers.

Lines that have all struck lightning with Danehill are Zabeel, Quest For Fame, More Than Ready another that is not to be forgotten is, Elusive Quality.  And all have had success when mixing Danehill blood with every one of them leaving group one winners.

Elusive Quality, struck early when Camarilla (ex Camarena) delivered a last-to-first finishing burst to win the AJC Sires’ Produce Stakes.  Then last season Sepoy (ex Watchful), delivered another reminder when the neat chestnut colt won the Group 1 Golden Slipper & Blue Diamond, both over 1200m.  Then to remind us of his talents, Sepoy gave the older horses a good old fashioned beating in the Group 1 Manikato Stakes early in his classic year before he claimed the Group 1 Ascot Vale Stakes (sponsored by Coolmore) on VRC Derby day in November last year.

This filly is from Elusive Quality’s final book of coverings at a fee of $82,500, and while some doubted his stock his fee has always been more than $80,000, and that is a lot of money!

Out of mare by Zeditave, this filly belongs to a shrinking population of fillies without any Danehill blood, now that’s a good thing.

Sepoy, Camarilla, Listen Here, Bernicia are all juvenile winners, and they simply add another bow to the versatility of Elusive Quality as he didn’t race at two.  In fact he broke his maiden over 1700m in his classic year, and, then went on to win an allowance race at that distance but was then reverted back to shorter trips.

Although, Elusive Quality didn’t win a stakes event at three or four, he did show exceptional speed, running Honour and Glory to a nose in the Grade 2 King’s Bishop Stakes (1400m) at three, and, ran a slick 1:20.00 for 1400m at Gulfstream Park at four.

The following year, he was tried on grass as a five-year-old, and that’s when Elusive Quality was able to win coveted black-type, the Grade 3 Jaipur Handicap & the  Poker Handicap, the latter while running a mile a world-record time of 1:31.3.

Elusive Quality retired to stand at the relatively modest fee of US$10,000, but that didn’t prevent him from making a sensational start to his stud career, his first crop producing no less than 11 stakes winners, headed by French Champion Two-Year-Old Colt Elusive City; group winners Omega Code and Chimichurri.

From his second crop came another nine stakes winners, headed by Champion Three-Year-Old Colt Smarty Jones, winner of the Grade 1 Kentucky Derby and Preakness Stakes.

NOT ENOUGH?  Elusive Quality stock were in the news in Singapore when Mr. Big (ex Basamaat) won the Kranji Sprint over 1200m on Easter Sunday.   Six days later, Cornell (ex Ivy League) won the Listed Port Adelaide Guineas over 1800m.  Adding a little more cream to Elusive Qualities April haul – Questioning (ex Am I) won the Group 3 Earl of Seton Stakes at Newmarket in England. Rounding out the month Mr. Big finished third in the Lion City Cup in Singapore a domestic group one event.

Mr. Big has since gone on to run a bold runners-up in the Group 1 Krisflyer International Sprint in Singapore. With just seven days to round off May Elusive Quality’s  stock have collected black type in the Pretty Polly Stakes (Lacily) in England; the Group 3 Cleopatre at Saint-Cloud with Poupee Flash, and, another 21 individual winners during the month.

Trainer Detail

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 grown ten-fold since 2005 when he was granted four boxes at Rosehill, now boosting 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 time-honoured Doncaster Handicap. That breakthrough Group 1 victory followed Triple Honour’s nose loss to Weekend Hussler in the Group 1 Randwick Guineas a month earlier.

Since then, Waller has saddled up many big race wins 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 claim 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, Peter Snowden.