Star Thoroughbreds has become recognised throughout Australia as the premier thoroughbred racehorse syndication company, offering high quality horses in racing share partnerships. Exceptional owner communication is a distinguishing feature of Star Thoroughbreds, with the ultimate aim to offer owners a superior racing experience, both on and off the racetrack. The beginning of 2014 saw an exciting new chapter in the life of Star Thoroughbreds. From that year onwards, Star Thoroughbreds commenced offering yearlings to be trained by record breaking trainer Chris Waller, at his Rosehill and Flemington stables.
STAR's success stories have included Golden Slipper winner, Champion Australasian 2 year old and now top class stallion, SEBRING and the wonderful 'war horse', and 5 time Group 1 winner THESEO, who won at Stakes level in three states. His stellar performances, including his Group 1 AJC Epsom win and Group 1 VRC MacKinnon Stakes win at Flemington on Derby day, were wonderfully memorable.
The 2016 - 2017 racing season started on a great note with Star Thoroughbreds' Stakes winners FOXPLAY and VELADERO winning at Royal Randwick. Three year old filly FOXPLAY took out the Group 2 Furious Stakes and the Group 2 Tea Rose Stakes and was subsequently crowned the winner of the prestigious PRINCESS SERIES for 3 year old fillies. Medaglia D'Oro (USA) colt VELADERO led from start to finish to win the Group 3 Gloaming Stakes for 3 year old colts and geldings. LUIZA added a milestone to the Star Thoroughbreds and Chris Waller Racing partnership when she became the earliest 2 year old winner ever for Chris and his team with her victory on only the second Saturday of juvenile metropolitan races in Sydney for the season. The Autumn Carnival was highlighted by the superb Group 1 win of FOXPLAY in the Coolmore Legacy Stakes during the ATC Championships at Royal Randwick following on from her Group 2 Phar Lap Stakes win. Star's Magic Millions yearling purchase RELIGIFY recorded two Stakes wins during the Brisbane Winter Carnival namely the Listed Prime Minister's Cup at the Gold Coast and also at Listed level, The Wayne Wilson at Doomben, taking his tally to a remarkable 12 career wins.
The 2015 - 2016 season recorded a number of racing highlights for Star Thoroughbreds and Champion trainer Chris Waller. Two year old Mossman colt CELLARMAN recorded a Listed (Stakes) win in the Wintergarden Stakes on the final day of the Brisbane winter racing festival. Three year old Sebring filly PIONEERING (by SEBRING) was crowned NSW BOBS Horse of the Year, courtesy of her 4 metropolitan wins for the season.
In 2012, our top class 2 year old filly DRIEFONTEIN won the $2 million Magic Millions Classic and ended her 2 year old year as the second highest juvenile prize money earner in the land for season 2011-2012. The highlight of a terrific race career was her Group 1 win in the 2014 SATC Robert Sangster Stakes at Morphettville in South Australia. In mid 2015, DRIEFONTEIN was sold to Japanese interests for a seven figure sum. She now resides in Japan as she embarks on her new career as a broodmare. Her total career earnings of close to $4 million (including her sale for breeding purposes), was a tremendous 'windfall' for her owners after DRIEFONTEIN's original purchase at the Magic Millions Gold Coast yearling sale for $75,000.
Another success story on the track was our Stratum mare, QUEENSTOWN. A $60,000 Magic Millions National sale purchase, the mare won just over $450,000 on the track, including the Listed Grafton Cup and was sold at the 2015 Magic Millions Broodmare sale for $350,000.
With a roll call of talented 'stars' on the track, starting with our first Group 1 winner, DANGLISSA (also the winner of the prestigious PRINCESS SERIES), the list of quality horses purchased and syndicated by Star Thoroughbred's includes Zabeel mare, PRIMROSE SANDS (NZ), who won her first eight starts; KINGSGATE, twice second in the Group 1 AJC Epsom; BANK ROBBER, 2nd to stable mate, the superstar THESEO in the Group 1 AJC Epsom; KINNERSLEY; SQUAMOSA, 2nd in the Group 1 STC Golden Rose and now standing at Sun Stud in Victoria; ARIANTE; FLAMING; PHEIDON, winner of the 2014 Group 2 MVRC Alister Clark Stakes; RELIGIFY...and the list continues; quality horses aiming to compete at the elite level of racing.
Through hard work, dedication and a keen interest in doing the best for his horses, Chris Waller has systematically developed his training operation at Rosehill Gardens, to enable him to win the last 7 Sydney metropolitan trainers' premierships, and in doing so, he broke the record for the all time greatest number of metropolitan winners in Sydney in a single season in the 2015-2016 season with 169 winners. This has culminated in Chris reaching even loftier heights in the past five consecutive seasons (2012-2013 through to 2016-2017), with the Champion trainer winning the most Group 1 races throughout Australia.
Chris attributes much of his stable's extraordinary success to the team of staff he has around him. Conscious of the cost of investing in and maintaining a thoroughbred racehorse in the metropolitan area, Chris prides himself on his stable communication to owners and he has a healthy respect for each owner's individual investment. Chris Waller Racing's owners have been further rewarded with even more opportunities for returns on their ownership investment when the stable expanded its presence in metropolitan racing several years ago with the acquisition of 26 stable boxes at the prestigious Flemington racecourse. This foresight has enabled Chris to feature prominently in the metropolitan trainers' premiership table in Melbourne, together with achieving spectacular results throughout the world famous Spring Carnival in Melbourne. At the beginning of the 2017-2018 season, Chris opened a Gold Coast stable to further benefit the stable’s clients.
Chris concluded the 2016-2017 season with 9 Group 1 wins, 152 Sydney metropolitan winners and total prize money earnings exceeding $26 million. Amongst his stable of outstanding horses is the best horse in all the land, the best horse in the word on turf, the internationally acclaimed WINX.
Full list of the Chris Waller trained Group 1 winners - http://cwallerracing.com/group1winners