Chris Waller to dominate Chelmsford Stakes Field

Chris Waller will have 11 entries for the Group Two Chelmsford Stakes at Randwick as Sydney’s premier stable steps up its assault on the spring carnival.

Last season’s leading Group One trainer with 14, Waller has begun 2015/16 with a bang, taking out the first elite race with Boban in Saturday’s Memsie Stakes at Caulfield.

Warwick Stakes winner Royal Descent heads the line-up with Waller confident she is better than she has ever been.

The Gerry Harvey-owned mare’s win in Group Two Warwick Stakes was her first since she won the Australian Oaks almost 2-1/2 years earlier.

“She has trained on really well,” Waller said.

“And Kermadec has also improved so I expect him to go well.”

The Doncaster Mile winner finished fifth in the Warwick Stakes at his first start since the $3 million feature in April.

“We cold have eleven horses in it,” Waller said.

“As well Royal Descent and Kermadec, we will enter Beaten Up, Preferment, Who Shot Thebarman, Opinion, Junoob, Moriarty, Foreteller, Hawkspur and Grand Marshal.”

All of the group bar Junoob are Group One winners.

Sydney Cup winner Grand Marshal will take the first steps to a possible Melbourne Cup start in the 1600m race along with Victoria Derby winner Preferment.

Last year’s Melbourne Cup third, Who Shot Thebarman is also headed to the famous race while some of the others will have to prove themselves to gain starts.

Kermadec is among the early market leaders at $15 for the Cox Plate while Royal Descent is likely to be kept to middle distances.

Waller will have Flamingo Star and Strawberry Boy in the Tramway Stakes (1400m), a lead-up to the Epsom Handicap on October 3.

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