2013 JJ Atkins Assignment for Waller’s BRC Sires Produce Quinella

Sydney’s premier horsemen Chris Waller has two live wire chances in the upcoming JJ Atkins 2013 after his progressive colts Zoustar and Vilanova ran one-two in the $250,000 Group 2 BRC Sires’ Produce Stakes (1350m) in Brisbane on Doomben 10,000 Day.


The 2013 JJ Atkins is next on the cards for BRC Sires Produce winner Zoustar. Photo: Daniel Costello.

In a finish that very much came down to the horse that had the better run, Northern Meteor two-year-old Zoustar was first over the line in the BRC Sires’ Produce result after surging forward from the inside over the closing stages.

They had a prime position throughout too with jockey Jim Cassidy getting them into the box seat third on the fence.

Commands colt Vilanova was certainly gallant in defeat, the New Zealand expat having been caught three deep throughout and then four deep on the turn for home before charging home for another close second.

In their Australian debut on May 11 they were only a long neck runner-up to Vo Heart in the Group 2 Champagne Classic (1200m) and is certainly on the way up.

The John O’Shea-trained Bound For Earth finished off the winning BRC Sires Produce trifecta meanwhile doing well to hang on for third and could also be on track for a Group 1 assignment in the $500,000 JJ Atkins (1600m), formerly known as The TJ Smith, at Eagle Farm on Stradbroke Handicap Day, June 8.

Waller announced post-race that the 2013 JJ Atkins was on the agenda for both Zoustar and Vilanova and while they didn’t win today, the later could be the better positioned of the two going onto the mile.

“It was a good quinella,” Waller said.

“They’ll both go onto the Group 1 TJ in two weeks’ time.

“He’ll (Vilanova will) get his turn they’re both nice colts.

“The other horse (Zoustar) just had that better run.”

Cassidy is certainly confident in the BRC Sires Produce winner heading into the Group 1 saying they would only continue to improve over time.

“He’s a nice colt,” he said.

“He’s been impressive in Sydney and taken the next step today.

“He’s pulled up nice and he’s a nice colt going somewhere…without a doubt.

“He’s a Northern Meteor and just keeps getting better.”

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2013 BRC Sires’ Produce Stakes Results & Finishing Order

Doomben Race 5 – 25/05/2013

Place # Horse Trainer Jockey Margin Br. Wgt. SP
1 5 ZOUSTAR Chris Waller Jim Cassidy 9 57kg $4.40
2 4 VILANOVA (NZ) Chris Waller Hugh Bowman 1.3L 7 57kg $8
3 14 BOUND FOR EARTH John O’Shea Glyn Schofield 1.7L 4 55kg $8.50
4 10 PAXIMADIA Peter Snowden Kerrin McEvoy 3.7L 5 57kg $17
5 7 HOOKED John P Thompson Ryan Wiggins 3.8L 3 57kg $7
6 13 GLOBAL DREAM Tony Gollan Michael Rodd 4L 8 55kg $21
7 3 THE VOICE Tony McEvoy Glen Boss 5L 14 57kg $21
8 1 VO HEART Darryl Hansen Eddie Wilkinson 5.2L 15 57kg $21
9 12 MISSY LONGSTOCKING Liam Birchley Damian Browne 5.3L 1 55kg $3.60F
10 11 ONE GREY Bryan Guy Jim Byrne 7.3L 6 57kg $101
11 2 OCTANE FLYER Kelly Schweida Michael Cahill 7.4L 2 57kg $31
12 15 ROSENET Bruce W Hill Christian Reith 10.2L 13 55kg $81
13 8 ARCHITECT David J Lawlor Chris Munce 11L 11 57kg $61
14 16 FORELOCK (NZ) John Morrisey Larry Cassidy 12.3L 10 55kg $201
15 6 LE VAL Noel J Doyle Ric McMahon 25.3L 12 57kg $12
9 LONDEHERO Matthew Dunn Glen Colless 0