Two-year-old Zousain bolted to victory in the Group 2 Champagne Classic over 1200m at Doomben on Saturday, looking set for a tilt at the Group 1 JJ Atkins now.
A winner on debut, Zousain was fourth in the Group 2 Skyline Stakes after leading and finished sixth in the Group 3 Pago Pago at his last start.
Ridden off the pace in the Champagne Classic, the son of Zoustar showed he possess an explosive turn of foot to sprint away and win by two and a half lengths.
“I think today riding him conservatively was the right move and although he was a bit aggressive at various stages he showed a great turn of foot,” said Waller’s Queensland Foreman Paul Shailer.
“Hopefully he can get some confidence from that and obviously Chris brings the right horses here for this carnival and this colt is no exception.
Shailer confirmed the 1600, Group 1 JJ Atkins is the colt’s main mission this preparation.
“We’ll work on getting him to switch off in the weeks ahead but he’s a lovely horse and there’s a lot of upside.”
It was the second successive victory in the race for Chris Waller with Tangled winning last year, also selected by Mulcaster Bloodstock.
Zousain was purchased in conjunction with David Redvers at last year’s Magic Millions Gold Coast Yearling Sale from Edinglassie Stud. He races in the colours of Sheikh Fahad’s Qatar Bloodstock who race him along with Mr J M Simmons, Ms S M Fitzgerald, Mr M Phillips, Mrs L Phillips, Wheninrome6, Three Hooks Seafood, G W Evers Pty Ltd & Mr R A Pegum.
In winning the Group 2, Zousain became the second Group winner for his Widden Stud-based sire Zoustar. He is one of six winners for Zoustar along with stablemates Madam Rouge and Lean Mean Machine.