I was at the races on Saturday and the wind factor has to be taken into account. Nearly all the leaders collapsed including Redzel. It was very windy and it was an excellent tail wind but horses were running into it before the straight.
Waller would be annoyed with Fiesta and D’Argento losing in photos as most including me at the track thought the jockeys went too early especially after the early races.
Unfortunately Waller and Weir have too many runners in races.
Thank you for being fair and applying this criticism to Darren Weir as well.
You get the impression people are singling out Waller. Why? Not too sure but the same people are constantly whinging about Racing NSW, The TAB and Peter V'Landys - very rarely anything Victorian.
I do not think Waller "gives his horses a run". With the odd exception of a sprinter or a Winx, they generally take a few runs to get fit and then they will improve several lengths (see a similar pattern in Weir middle distance/stayers).
They always seem to improve to a similar peak as the previous campaign.
As for Egg Tart she has been a disappointment post 3YO.
The theory that Gai Waterhouse is getting less winners than she used to because Chris Waller is sending pacemakers out to kill any chance her leaders sounds conspiracy at best.
I'd want to see the replays of five specific examples before even considering this. Shouldn't be too hard to knock up a list if it is the reason Gai trains 50 less winners a year.
Chris Waller and Darren Weir are successful because they are good trainers and they probably have the best staff.
Any trainer will tell you that good trackwork riders are a key to the success of a stable. They would have access to the best vets because of the volume of stock.
And both trainers seem to specialize in 1600m and more in which there is a gap in trainer talent IMO. My take on it is that both have always identified gaps in racing and filled business opportunities accordingly. They are both clever business men.
Chris Waller was one of the pioneers of importing stayers (after Lloyd) and a great deal to his success is due to this. In fact after he started doing it they are all doing it now.