Waller makes Dubai debut with Comin' Through

Top Stories

Waller makes Dubai debut with Comin Through
Comin' Through ready for tough race at Meydan.

Dubai - He faces a field that includes G1 winner Marinaresco and multiple G2 winners Championship and Janoobi

  • Follow us on
  • google-news
  • whatsapp
  • telegram

Published: Wed 23 Jan 2019, 5:19 PM

Last updated: Wed 23 Jan 2019, 7:23 PM

Australia's Chris Waller will make his Dubai debut with his five-year-old Gelding Comin' Through in the penultimate race - Group 2 $250,000 Al Fahidi Fort - of the arguably the best card thus far of the 2019 Dubai World Cup Carnival on Thursday at the Meydan Racecourse.
A Group 1 winner in his native country, the son of Fastnet Rock will be the first Dubai starter for trainer Chris Waller, who famously also trains Winx. He has won seven of 23 starts, including a pair of stakes in 2018-the Group 1 Doomben Cup over 2000m and Group 2 Tramway Stakes over 1400m. On Thursday he faces a field that includes G1 winner Marinaresco and multiple G2 winners Championship and Janoobi. The winner of last year's renewal, Jungle Cat, went on to win the 1200m Al Quoz Sprint sponsored by Azizi Developments (G1), as well as Australia's Sir Rupert Clarke (G1).
"It's been the plan for a long time to get to race in Dubai," Waller said. "We're very respectful of racing there and the importance of it on the world stage. Last year, myself and (Winx's jockey) Hugh Bowman travelled there to have a look at the facilities and get an insight into the racing and we were extremely impressed. While we wish we had a greater presence there, as far as horses, it's hard at this point because of the Australian season, but that doesn't mean we won't in the future.
"Comin' Through is one step below the top 10 horses in Australia, but he's very talented," Waller continued. "There's good prize money in Dubai and we enjoy the challenge of taking a horse like him overseas. It's very exciting. He's also owned by Sir Owen Glenn, who's a man who likes to promote his breeding stock, is one of Australia's biggest owners and is looking to get to a higher level, especially on the international level.
"The distance should be fine for (Comin' Through) while he's fresh. He's had a number of good wins over it. While the (barrier nine of 13) draw isn't perfect, we'll see how the race is run on the night. He is a horse who keeps (trying) and is hard to pass."
Grade 1 winner and former Ballydoyle pupil Deauville was the class of the $200,000 Singspiel (G3) three weeks ago on opening night of the Dubai World Cup Carnival, but unfortunately for his new connections-owner Victorious and trainer Fawzi Nass-he was unable to pass his first test. The son of Galileo will get another chance at extra credit on Thursday at Meydan, over the same course and 1800m turf distance in the $250,000 Al Rashidiya (G2).
"He needed the race in the Singspiel quite badly and more than we thought he did," Nass said. "We will definitely know a lot more this Thursday."
Switching things up, Nass sent Deauville over to Meydan's turf course from his training base across town last Saturday for a bit of work. 

More news from