Trainer Chris Waller’s incredible run of form at the highest level has continued at Perth’s Ascot Racecourse over the weekend as talented miler Good Project broke through for a maiden win triumph at the class in the Group 1 Railway Stakes (1600m).
Good Project was charged with overcoming the slightly wide barrier 10 in the Railway Stakes but the four-year-old did his chances absolutely no harm when jumping well and immediately allowed to take up the pace by jockey Craig Williams.
Setting only a fair tempo over the back straight and around the bend, Good Project mustered an impressive kick in the final straight; drawing clear of his rivals and never challenged before hitting the line a comfortable two lengths ahead of fellow East Coast raider Messene.
Melbourne-based foreperson for Waller, Justine Hales was on hand for Good Project’s impressive win in the Railway Stakes and was quick to lay all the praise on the talented entire and a typically smart performance from Williams in the saddle.
“He summed it up perfectly before the race perfectly before the race,” Hales said.
“He said that he had to jump out and get handy and we didn’t think that he would get to the lead that easily.
“He slowed them up and he wanted to pinch that break coming around to the top of the straight.
“He is a great rider, he thinks about things so well and he knew that horse had no weight and they just had to catch him.
“He is a lovely colt and he is a lovely horse to deal with.
“Everything he does he just takes in his stride and that is what has helped him.”
Williams’ ride was clearly instrumental in Good Project’s 2015 Railway Stakes triumph and was thrilled to deliver the team one of Perth’s biggest racing crowns.
“On the way to the gates he was a bit cheeky, so I gave him a good warm-up to get him into race mode,” Williams said.
“I got the instructions from Chris throughout the day and he said to trust the horse and this is what we had targeted him for.
“I was lucky to have the horse to win it.
“I was a little bit worried when I was under pressure rather than just travelling around the bend, but he did well, he had been trained up to the minute and he is a lovely horse.
“He is now a Group 1 winner and it gives me a great thrill to come over to Perth and win one of their biggest races.”
Good Project experienced plenty of interest in betting markets in the hours leading up to the 2015 Railway Stakes but left at a still-generous quote of $5 for success with leading online bookie Ladbrokes.com.au.
2015 Railway Stakes Results
|1||10||GOOD PROJECT||Chris Waller||Craig Williams||–||11||53kg||$6|
|2||2||MESSENE||Michael, Wayne & John Hawkes||Damian Browne||2L||1||56.5kg||$12|
|3||7||BALMONT GIRL||Paula Wagg||Shaun O’Donnell||2.5L||2||53kg||$20|
|4||1||BLACK HEART BART||Vaughn Sigley||Glenn Smith||2.5L||10||58kg||$6.50|
|5||11||HAZZABEEL (NZ)||Daniel Morton||Damian Lane||2.75L||13||53kg||$7.50|
|6||3||DELICACY||Grant Williams||William Pike||3.25L||14||54kg||$4|
|7||5||REAL LOVE||Adam Durrant||Damien Oliver||3.25L||12||54kg||$4.60|
|8||14||SPECIAL DELIVERY||Adam Durrant||Joseph Azzopardi||3.5L||3||53kg||$41|
|9||8||BASS STRAIT (NZ)||Neville Parnham||Steven Parnham||4.5L||7||53kg||$101|
|10||9||BATTLE HERO||Grant Williams||Chris Parnham||5L||5||53kg||$21|
|11||15||TOWER OF LONHRO||Adam Durrant||Peter Hall||5.75L||8||53kg||$18|
|12||6||WINK AND A NOD||Justin Warwick||Ms Lucy Warwick||6L||9||54kg||$18|
|13||13||MY SISTER LIL||Ross Price||Peter Knuckey||6.5L||4||53kg||$51|
|14||12||MR UTOPIA||Steve Wolfe||Shaun Mc Gruddy||8.5L||6||53kg||$31|