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Chris Waller and James MacDonald continue to dominate the nation’s premier group


Champion coach and jockey combination of Chris Waller and James MacDonald once again sit on top of the Group 1 tree.

Hall of Famer Chris Waller retained the title as the nation’s leading Group 1 coach for the 10th consecutive season.

James MacDonald won the premiership in the first group for the second year in a row. The Sydney coach and jockey both won all-conquerors in 11 Group One races during the 2021-22 season, and most recently reunited with super sprinter Nature Strip for the famous victory of the King’s Stand Stakes at Royal Ascot.

In fact, MacDonald won eight Group 1 races for Waller over champion Nature Strip and Verry Elleegant, both a three-time top-tier winner, and a two-time home affairs winner.

McDonald also won the Group A races over duo Godolphin Anamoy and Cascadian, and coached Zaki Annabelle Nesham.

Waller’s Group 1 bonus was boosted by Nature Strip, Verry Elleegant and Home Affairs, and also included major race victories from Hinged, Fangirl, and the September Run.

There were 74 Group 1 races during 2021-22 with the only Nature Strip, Verry Elleegant, Incentivize and Hitotsu horses to win three times at the top level.

The Nature Strip’s success at Royal Ascot along with his victory at The Everest ensures that he will retain the Horse of the Year title he won in 2019-20.

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The Australian Turf Club honored Nick Moraitis’ memory by naming the race after him at Rosehill on Saturday.

Moraitis, the famous owner of Hall of Fame champion Might And Power, passed away earlier this week. He was 87 years old.

There would be poignant consistency for Vale Nick Moraitis Handicap’s score if it was won by Yiyi who is partly owned by the late Anton Coleman.

Coleman, 82, passed away last weekend. He has been a skilled knight associated with many notable characters including The Autumn Sun and the Egg Tart in recent years. He also owns the Rosehill sprinters Monte Ditto (race 3), Green Flash (race 6), and Zing and Tinnie Winnie (race 8).

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Serpentine, the 2020 English derby winner, makes his Australian debut in Flemington on Saturday.

The team bought former resident Williams who trained on Aidan O’Brien and is now groomed by Robert Hickmott at Mount Macedon. Castrated by Super Galileo, a serpentine lines up in the Winter Championship final (1600m).

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The big race lottery kicks off Friday with tickets on sale for The Kosciuszko, which will take place at Royal Randwick in October.

For just $5, bettors can get a chance to nominate a runner to compete in the $1.3 million event – the world’s richest race for state-trained horses.

Tickets can be purchased on the TAB app, TAB agencies, pubs, clubs, and at race meetings.

Originally Posted as Champion Coach Chris Waller and jockey James MacDonald again Prime Minister for Group One

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