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The Chris Waller trained Zousain heads up the nominations for the Group 2 $250,000 Mitavite BRC Sires’ Produce Stakes (1350m) at Doomben on Saturday.

Kerrin McEvoy above, rode Zousain to victory in the Champagne Classic at Doomben. Photo by Daniel Costello.

Kerrin McEvoy above, rode Zousain to victory in the Champagne Classic at Doomben. Photo by Daniel Costello.

Zousain is one of three Waller two year olds among the twenty-one nominations for the BRC Sires’ Produce Stakes which is one of the main lead up races for the Group 1 $600,000 J.J. Atkins Plate (1600m) at Doomben on June 9.

Stablemates The Autumn Sun and Lean Mean Machine are also included in the entries alongside of Zousain who stamped his class with an impressive two and a half lengths win in the Group 2 $175,000 Moet & Chandon Champagne Classic (1200m) at Doomben on May 12.

Waller has a high opinion of the three youngsters with all three also nominated for the J.J. Atkins Plate.

“The three horses, I think, are Group 1 horses and they will hit their peaks as three-year-olds, hence the reason why they have been targeted up here,” Waller told The Courier-Mail.

“You’d have to say Zousain is a bit sharper than the other two at the moment.

“But Lean Mean Machine had no luck at the Coast and his run had a lot or merit. If you could see him getting a nice run midfield, he will have a better turn of foot.”

While Zousain has already registered a win during the 2018 Queensland Winter Racing Carnival, Lean Mean Machine posted a luckless third behind Sesar and Boomsara in the Group 3 $125,000 Moreton Hire Ken Russell Memorial Classic (1200m) at the Gold Coast on May 5.

The Autumn Sun has only been to the races once for a win in a 1200m two year old Maiden at Randwick on Anzac Day and is still in Sydney and has been nominated for the 2yo Plate (1400m) at Randwick on Saturday.

Ken Russell Memorial Classic quinella Sesar and Boomsara are also nominated for the BRC Sires’ Produce Stakes along with Granny Red Shoes and Sizzling Belle who finished second and third behind Eawase in the Listed $100,000 Bill Carter Stakes (1200m) at Doomben last Saturday.

The final field for the 2018 BRC Sires’ Produce Stakes will be released on Wednesday, May 23.

In early betting for the BRC Sires’ Produce Stakes, Ladbrokes.com.au have installed The Autumn Sun as the $4.20 favourite just ahead of Zousain at $4.40 and Lean Mean Machine at $6.50.

Pre-post betting for the 2018 BRC Sires’ Produce Stakes at Ladbrokes.com.au: $4.20 The Autumn Sun, $4.40 Zousain, $6.50 Lean Mean Machine, Sesar, $8.50 Graff, $10 Blue Book, Boomsara, $12 Plumaro, $18 Granny Red Shoes, $21 Sizzling Ace, Sizzling Belle, $31 Mickey Blue Eyes, $41 Dynamited, Shamurt, $61 or better the rest.

Nominations for the 2018 BRC Sires’ Produce Stakes (1350m)

# Last 10 Horse Sex Age Trainer
1 221 ADORADIVA F 2 Barry Lockwood
2 111×343 BLUE BOOK G 2 Kelly Doughty
3 1512 BOOMSARA G 2 Chris Munce
4 1×5 DYNAMITED C 2 James Cummings
5 11 GRAFF C 2 Kris Lees
6 4225×12 GRANNY RED SHOES F 2 Toby Edmonds
7 133 LEAN MEAN MACHINE C 2 Chris Waller
8 25 MICKEY BLUE EYES C 2 David & B Hayes & T Dabernig
9 80×23 MISCHIEVOUSMARILYN F 2 Kelly Schweida
10 7×43 PEPPI LA FEW G 2 Liam Birchley
11 1212x PLUMARO F 2 Kevin Kemp
12 3 SAY I CEE YOU C 2 Liam Birchley
13 4 SEPARATED F 2 John O’Shea
14 0x SERLINA F 2 Billy & Dale Healey
15 721 SESAR C 2 Steven O’dea
16 1125 SHAMURT F 2 Tony Gollan
17 462×34 SIZZLING ACE F 2 Toby Edmonds
18 1112983 SIZZLING BELLE F 2 Nick Olive
19 1 THE AUTUMN SUN C 2 Chris Waller
20 30×32 YAMAZAKI F 2 Chris Anderson
21 1461 ZOUSAIN C 2 Chris Waller

About The Author

Mark Mazzaglia

Mark is a passionate journalist with a life-time involvement in the racing industry. He spent many years as an analyst and form expert at the Courier Mail and also has hands-on experience working with some of Queensland’s top trainers.