Waller puts all his stars in one basket

CHRIS WALLER has six chances of winning Saturday's Apollo Stakes for six different owners, which means preparation has been key for the premier trainer.

There are so many people – owners, jockeys, strappers – involved it will keep Waller's staff on their toes.

“It is about being organised before we get there,” Waller said. “There are a lot people to keep informed. I will try to get around each of the owners before the race but we have been in contact with them to tell them what we expect before going to the races.

"We have also been through the race and briefed our jockeys before we get there, so we are not leaving it to chance.”

There are different targets and goals for Shoot Out, Danleigh, Albert The Fat, Kelinni, Gatewood and Tougher Than Ever as they are the start of their preparations.

“They obviously all can't win this week,” Waller said. “To put it simply I would like to look back at the end of the autumn and see that all of these horses have won races and prizemoney for their owners. They are at the level where they can be very competitive.”

The program has dictated the Apollo as a starting point for Kelinni and Gatewood, which are returning from Melbourne Cup campaigns. Gatewood won the Geelong Cup but failed to make the Cup field, while Kelinni was fourth in the great race after winning the Lexus on Derby day.

“It works with their program and they have to start somewhere. It is a fortnight until the Chipping Norton and then another fortnight to the Ranvet,” Waller said of his stayers.

Shoot Out, Danleigh and Albert The Fat are all group 1 winners at a mile, while Tougher Than Ever is having his second start for the stable.

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