An emotional Waller said it was great to win another group 1 for the owners, Chris and Susanna Grace. The two Chrises – Waller and Grace – grew up about an hour away from each other in New Zealand.
Grace has been involved in thoroughbred racing in New Zealand most of his life and owned the 2014 Wellington Cup winner Graphic.
Unfortunately for Shillelagh though she is not even the best seven-year-old mare in the stable, with Waller saying in jest that she's not as good as Winx when asked where Shillelagh sat among the best milers in the country.
But sitting below Winx's is no knock. Waller still has a huge opinion of the horse.