Chris Waller might not have the favourites for Saturday's Epsom Handicap, Metropolitan and Turnbull Stakes but it could prove folly to be betting against his flying stable, which has a trio of runners in each of the group 1s.
Another treble at Rosehill on Saturday took his season total in Sydney to 30 wins leading into a group 1 weekend in Sydney and Melbourne.
Caulfield Cup-bound Hawkspur and Royal Descent will have their first Melbourne runs in the Turnbull Stakes at Flemington, while Foreteller will continue his southern campaign in the same race.
''Hawkspur and Royal Descent have the right form lines and right weight, so we would expect them to run well,'' Waller said.
He will stay in Sydney as he searches for his first Epsom and would fancy his chances with the in-form Boban and Riva De Lago, both last-start group winners, and this year's Doncaster Mile winner Sacred Falls.
Bill Ritchie Handicap winner Boban has forced his way into the group 1 mile with a couple of wins by big margins this time in, when showing an explosive turn of foot.
Waller usually likes to bring his runners through their grades, but Boban has gone from a benchmark race to a group 3 and is now a $4.60 chance in a group 1.
''It is circumstance at the time of the year,'' Waller said. ''This is our biggest meeting for the spring and it is a long time to wait until the autumn if you miss it.
''He had to win those last two races to get here and he did, so he earned his spot but this is stronger again. He has drawn well [in those two] and probably needs to draw well again.''
Glyn Schofield keeps the ride, while Kerrin McEvoy takes over on Sacred Falls, which has 56.5 kilograms (after the scratching of topweight Shoot Out) as he tries to joins some greats of the turf to complete the Doncaster-Epsom double, including Chatham, Gunsynd, Super Impose and Racing To Win.
''I think he is well weighted when you consider what he has done,'' Waller said. ''He is third-up and ready to peak.''
Jim Cassidy sticks with Riva De Lago, which came down the centre of the track in the Theo Marks Stakes and Waller believes his relaxed style will be suited on Saturday.
''Riva De Lago deserves a chance and I think he will get a mile on the limit [of 53kg],'' Waller said. ''He has won over 1500m at Rosehill last prep. He will just turn off and it will be a case of wake him up at the 800 and get him to switch on and come home.''
Guy Walter also holds a strong hand in the Epsom with Cameron winner Toydini, which drops to 54kg, the favourite at $4.50 and Streama, the last-start George Main Stakes winner at $6.50.
Blake Shinn is likely to continue his association with Toydini provided he gets stewards permission to ride at 54kg.
The Waller-trained Moriarty is second pick at $4.40 for The Metropolitan behind Prince Cheri ($3.80) after a dashing win in the Hill Stakes.
He comes off an impressive win in the Brisbane Cup and has just continued to step up this time.
''We quite possibly haven't seen the best of him yet,'' Waller said. ''This trip will suit him and I think he is ready to go to group 1 level. Lucripetous will also run and I might back-up I'm Imposing, [which was runner-up to Julienas in the Colin Stephen Quality on Saturday]. He is probably 50-50 at the moment.''