The Chris Waller trained Lean Mean Machine is the race morning market mover for the 2018 Group 1 $1m De Bortoli Wines Golden Rose Stakes (1400m) at Rosehill today.
Bookies at Ladbrokes.com.au have continued to tighten Lean Mean Machine in the betting from $6 early in the week to be on the third line of betting at $5 behind the Kris Lees trained Graff at $3.20 and the Waller trained stablemate The Autumn Sun at $4.
Waller will also saddle up Zousain who has drifted out slightly to be marked at $7 on race morning.
The Golden Rose Stakes field has been reduced to nine runners following the scratching of the Lindsay Park trained Long Leaf on Friday and the race day withdrawal of David Atkins trained Jonker.
Lean Mean Machine has drawn just worse than midfield and will jump from barrier six with Tye Angland in the saddle again after the pair combined for a first up win in the Group 2 $200,000 The Run To The Rose (1200m) at Rosehill on September 8 on a heavy track.
Waller can’t fault Lean Mean Machine who he said is living up to his name and looks in great order.
“He looks exactly as his name suggests. He looks fantastic,” Waller said.
“A very clean winded horse, his work has been good. He hasn’t done anything wrong in his racing prep. He gets bad draws and still runs well.”
“Last start he got a long way back and nailed them.”
“I don’t think the better track will worry him at all. We are expecting a Good 3 or a Good 4 track on Saturday, gate seven, should get a lovely run and finishing off strongly.”
The Rosehill track has been rated a Good 4 on Golden Rose Stakes Day with the rail out 3m for the entire course.