Rosehill: Chris Waller hails Sydney racing ‘best in the world’ as Tycoonist banks more prizemoney for his owners

Hall of Fame trainer Chris Waller declared Sydney racing “the best in the world” after Tycoonist won the opener at Rosehill Gardens on Saturday.

Tycoonist was left in front early and did an admirable job to lead throughout under 60kg and win the Cleanaway Handicap (1300m).

Waller then revealed there had been interest from Hong Kong buyers for the emerging three-year-old.

But Waller said it was not a straightforward decision to sell a horse like Tycoonist given the financially robust nature of Sydney racing.

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The Rosehill meeting ushered in a new era of 10-race Sydney Saturday meetings with minimum prizemoney raised to $130,000 per race plus the inclusion of The Midways and TAB Highways for $100,000 each.

“Racing in Sydney I think is the best in the world at the moment,’’ Waller said.

“The prizemoney is very attractive and there are so many big races.

“Owners buy horses because they because they can afford to take the risk and if you get a horse good enough, they don’t like selling them.’’

Tycoonist is not the best horse in the Waller stable but he is proving a lucrative money-spinner for his owners, recording his third win (and five placings) from 14 starts, lifting his career earnings to nearly $240,000 prizemoney.

Waller said Tycoonist can continue to build that “bank” if he stays in Sydney racing.

“There has been a bit of interest from Hong Kong and I think he is the perfect horse for there,’’ Waller said.

“But if he doesn’t sell then we could get him ready for the Magic Millions.

“The owners will have a lot of fun with Tycoonist as he goes through the grades and wins more prizemoney. You go through a lot of horses to find one like him. If you can say to the owners their horse is going to be turning up at Rosehill or Randwick every three weeks or so it is an owners dream.’’

Tommy Berry didn’t want to lead on Tycoonist but had no other option. Picture: Getty ImagesSource:Getty Images

Tycoonist ($2.15 favourite) was cleverly ridden in front by Tommy Berry and held off the late surge of Bazooka ($7) to win by a long head with Zariya ($17) 1½ lengths away third.

Berry admitted it wasn’t his intention to lead but said Tycoonist simply jumped too well and landed in front, leaving him with no other option but to take up the pacesetting role.

“It was not a position I wanted to be, I wanted to be third or fourth early,’’ Berry said.

“But the main speed horses came out (of the barriers) steady and left us there.

“Leading is not really his go so he had done a very good job to carry that weight and hold on to win.’’

Waller said Tycoonist has the right attitude for a racehorse and is a “pleasure to train”

Bazooka indicated he is ready to win with his fast-finishing second while Zariya again demonstrated she has emerging staying talent with her good third.

The Empire was coming off two dominant all-the-way wins but after settling outside Tycoonist early, he tired badly from the turn and finished at the rear of the seven-horse field, beaten more than nine lengths.

Originally published asTycoonist banks more cash for his owners

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