Late two year old bloomer Japonisme will be one step closer to gaining a start in the Group 1 $1m De Bortoli Wines Golden Rose Stakes (1400m) at Rosehill on September 12 if he can win again at Rosehill on Saturday.
Japonisme is a winner of his last two starts, breaking his maiden status with a victory in a 1200m Canterbury two year old maiden on July 8 followed by a win in the $85,000 Bob Ingham Handicap (1100m) for the two year olds on July 18.
The Choisir gelding is number twenty-five in the order of entry for the Golden Rose Stakes but another visit to the winner’s circle will see him climb up the ladder.
Waller is hoping to see Japonisme continue to improve as he moves into his three year old year.
“In our stable which is obviously fairly sizable, you will always get one or two horses that just keep improving,” Waller told the Sportsman.
“There is nothing to say that Jaspoisme couldn’t be that one horse out of our stable this year.”
“Our maidens don’t win by five lengths, they just constantly get better and obviously the majority of horses plateau out before getting to the top grade but one or two of them keep improving.”
Waller has pointed out that the Gerald Ryan duo of King’s Troop and Shacked Up will be the hardest to beat but Brenton Avdulla has been booked for both, he expects that only one will run.
“Hardest two to beat, I understand only one will run,” Waller said.
“Avdulla down on both but either one of them will be hard to beat.”
“We are going up in weight, 59 kilos, big weight, Nash Rawiller rides.”
King’s Troop was beaten as favourite on debut when second to Japonisme at Rosehill while Shacked Up is stepping up to Saturday class after scoring a two and a quarter lengths win in a 1000m Hawkesbury two year old Maiden on July 19.
With both of Ryan’s horses in the market, Ladbrokes.com.au have installed King’s Troop the $2.30 favourite ahead of Japonisme at $3.60 and Shacked Up at $5.50.
Japonisme will carry 3.5kgs more with Nash Rawiller this week than he carried in winning at Rosehill with apprentice Rory Hutchings while King’s Troop drops 0.5kg to 55.5kgs.
The Gai Waterhouse trained Golden Slipper winner Vancouver heads the order of entry for the Golden Rose Stakes and is also at the top of the market order at $3.20 ahead of Blue Diamond Stakes winner Pride Of Dubai at $8 while Japonisme is marked as a $51 chance.