Atkins gives Waller another G1 quinella

Chris Waller-trained The Autumn Sun has beaten stablemate Zousain in the Group One JJ Atkins Stakes.

Racing News
Typography
  • Smaller Small Medium Big Bigger
  • Default Helvetica Segoe Georgia Times
Write a comment

Boom colt The Autumn Sun has defied a dramatic betting drift to keep his unbeaten record intact in the Group One JJ Atkins Plate at Doomben.

The Autumn Sun blew from an opening quote of $2.45 to start the $4 favourite before scoring by a neck from stablemate Zousain, who was heavily supported from $9.50 into $6.

"It was only his third start and to see him dig so deep showed just how smart he is," trainer Chris Waller said on Saturday.

"It's a Group One race with so much at stake and only certain horses can take that step so quickly and excel."

The result in the 1600m race gave Waller his third one-two finish in Group One races during the winter carnival and his 13th at the elite level for the season.

Waller provided the quinella in the Doomben Cup with Comin' Through and Egg Tart before another one-two finish in the Queensland Oaks with Youngstar and Another Dollar.

The Autumn Sun was Waller's third win in the Atkins following victories by Pressday (2010) and Press Statement (2015).

The colt will have a short spell before Waller aims him at the spring carnival in Melbourne, where he will attempt to emulate the deeds of Press Statement, who won the Caulfield Guineas after his Atkins success.

"The Autumn Sun will be a Caulfield Guineas horse and I'd say Zousain will be kept to the shorter races like the Golden Rose and Coolmore," Waller said.

"This carnival is great for horses coming through and it's about gradually getting up to this Group One level and then they seem to springboard off it and catch up to other horses in the spring with confidence."

Winning jockey Kerrin McEvoy believes the best is still to come from The Autumn Sun.

"It will be interesting to see where he gets to in the spring and he's one I'll definitely be keen to stay on the back of in the big races," McEvoy said.

It was McEvoy's third win in the Atkins following his victories aboard Juanmo (2001) and Benfica (2011).

Say something here...
Log in with ( Sign Up ? )
or post as a guest
Loading comment... The comment will be refreshed after 00:00.

Be the first to comment.

Last Seven Days

Latest News

Latest Punter Reviews

Latest Article Comments

Bookmaker Current Offers

PERCENTAGE BONUS
Bookmaker Offer Reviews Join Now
William Hill 300% Review Deposit $50 Bet With $200 - William Hill
Neds 300% Review Deposit $50 Bet With $200 - Neds
Crownbet 300% Review Deposit $50 Bet With $200 – CrownBet
Neds 300% Review Deposit $50 Bet With $200 - Neds
Palmerbet 300% Review Deposit $25 Bet With $100 – Palmerbet
Palmerbet 300% Review Deposit $50 Bet With $150 – Palmerbet
Unibet 400% Review Deposit $20 Bet With $100 - Unibet
Unibet 150% Review First Deposit Match Up To $150 - Unibet

 

FIRST DEPOSIT MATCH
Bookmaker Offer Reviews Join Now
William Hill $502 Review First Deposit Match Up To $502 - William Hill
Ladbrokes $500 Review First Deposit Match Up To $500 - Ladbrokes
Palmerbet $500 Review First Deposit Match Up To $500 – Palmerbet
TopBetta $100 Review Deposit $100 Bet With $200 - TopBetta
Bookmaker $250 Review First Deposit Match Up To $250 – Bookmaker
Betstar $250 Review First Deposit Match Up To $250 – Betstar
MadBookie $200 Review First Deposit Match Up To $200 – MadBookie

FIRST BET MATCH
Bookmaker Offer Reviews Join Now
Ladbrokes $250 Review First Bet Match Up To $250 – Ladbrokes
Sportsbet $501 Review First Bet Match Up To $501 - Sportsbet
Neds $500 Review First Bet Match Up To $500 - Neds

BONUS EXCLUDES NSW, SA, WA & VIC

Queensland Race Replays
Victorian Race Replays
New South Wales Race Replays
South Australia Race Replays
Tasmanian Race Replays