[News] Waller looks to convert Everest form into a summer sizzler

Chris Waller will start his summer project horses at Kembla Grange on Saturday, one of which has Everest form and has started favourite twice against Mazu and another that continues to surprise the champion trainer.

Able Willie and Pretty Wild will probably be seen in group contests next year if they can fulfil their potential but face a tougher task to get there than those that have gone before them.

Pretty Wild keeps stepping up for Chris Waller.Credit:Getty

It is a time of year that Waller has often used to get his progressive types through the grades by winning a couple of races and getting their confidence and ratings up the carnivals to come.

“The spring carnival has got longer and the fields are bigger, which makes it a bit more interesting for these horses,” Waller said.

“It makes things a little bit different for them because you used to give them two trials and you might draw eight of eight and you didn’t have to worry because of their class.

“It has got to the stage now where you put them in and hope that they draw well. If they draw well, you run; if they don’t, you give them a second trial.

“They have both only had the one trial, but they have done plenty of work to go to the races from good draws.

“The plan would be to have a couple of starts and work out where they fit in, if it will be autumn or the winter in Brisbane.”

Able Willie has one win in six starts and a rating of 71, but those figures belie his form, which ties in with The Everest. He started favourite and was beaten by 1¼ lengths in Mazu’s Brian Crowley Stakes last year, and then in the autumn he was top pick again against Mazu when fourth behind the Everest placegetter and Zapeteo.

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