Chris Waller, who has garnered worldwide acclaim as the trainer of champion mare Winx, sees Comin’ Through’s Sunday mission in the HK$25 million G1 LONGINES Hong Kong Mile as a stepping stone to his stable having a greater international presence.
The eight-time champion Sydney trainer, just last week nominated 15 horses for next year’s Dubai World Cup Carnival and said – while at Sha Tin track work this morning, Monday 3 December – that he’d like to have had more runners in Sunday’s Hong Kong feature races.
“It’d have been nice to have been able to bring a few more horses this year but obviously the current quarantine situation makes it difficult. Funnily enough, not being able to easily come probably makes the desire to come even stronger and, overall, I would like to have a bit more of an international presence,” he said.
Comin’ Through, who’s among Waller’s Dubai nominations, is in Hong Kong chiefly because of his owner’s international aspirations and may well run better than many expect according to the trainer.
Comin’ Through is raced by Sir Owen Glenn’s Go Bloodstock. Glenn also raced his elder brother Criterion, trained by David Hayes, who competed three times in Hong Kong in 2014 and 2015 and finished third in the 2014 Hong Kong Cup and the 2015 QEII Cup.