Trainer Chris Waller won his third Group 1 race of the Queensland Winter Racing Carnival with the unbeaten colt The Autumn Sun in the Group 1 $600,000 Jaguar Land Rover J.J. Atkins Plate (1600m) at Doomben today.
The Autumn Sun ($4 favourite) was only having his third race start when he proved too strong for his more seasoned stablemate Zousain ($6) to give Waller another Group 1 quinella.
The well backed Fundamentalist ($5) ran home strongly to gain third place.
Waller also quinelled the Group 1 $650,000 Hardy Brothers Doomben Cup (2000m) with Comin’ Through and Egg Tart and the Group 1 $500,000 Treasury Brisbane Queensland Oaks (2200m) with Youngstar and Another Dollar.
Winning jockey Kerrin McEvoy said that lightly raced The Autumn Sun still has a lot of improvement but that he still felt very strong underneath him.
“He oozes quality and he is nowhere near the ceiling yet. He is on the improve,” McEvoy said.
“He came here today, away from home, hasn’t turned a hair and handles himself fantastic.”
“He is probably growing still but he moves lovely, he has a lovely action and I was confident he was going to handle the ground.”
“He didn’t travel great throughout the race but I was confident he was going to pick up and pick up he did. He was always getting there and was going to win at the furlong.”
The Group 1 $2m Ladbrokes Caulfield Guineas (1600m) at Caulfield during the Melbourne Spring Carnival looks a nice Spring target for The Autumn Sun.
“A little earlier in the day I was thinking about things that could go wrong,” Waller said.
“This was only his third start and to see him win like that shows just how smart he is.”
“They’ll both go for a break now and get ready for the spring.”
“Zousain will be kept for shorter races while The Autumn Sun looks a real Caulfield Guineas horse.”