Julienas has executed a lead all the way victory in the 2013 Colin Stephen Quality at Rosehill Gardens today.
The six-year-old was fourth-up in the Group 3 race after posting three strong performances so far this spring racing carnival.
Julineas won the race by an impressive two lengths ahead of I’m Imposing, who placed second, and Planet Purple, who finished in third position.
The Cape Cross gelding was paying odds of $2.60 to win the 2013 Colin Stephen Quality at Ladbrokes.com.au.
Trainer Gai Waterhouse said she felt “vindicated” after watching Julienas win over 2,400 metres today.
“I said make it a good solid pace,” Waterhouse said.
“He’s been knocking on the door for a win this horse so I thought it was great he could break through today.
“It’s nice to be vindicated isn’t it?”
The trainer confirmed that Julienas would now back up in seven days for the Group 1 The Metropolitan at Royal Randwick Racecourse on October 5, 2013.
“Absolutely- he’s got it written all over him doesn’t he?” she said.
Nash Rawiller was thrilled to see Julienas salute for the first time this preparation in the 2013 Colin Stephen Quality.
“He’s a tough, really honest horse,” Rawiller said.
“He was fit and really well and ready to do the job.
“It (was) like a track gallop for him.”
Julienas is also nominated for the 2013 Caulfield Cup and $6.2 million Melbourne Cup this spring carnival.
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2013 Colin Stephen Quality Race Results & Finishing Order
|1||1||JULIENAS (IRE)||Gai Waterhouse||Nash Rawiller||–||3||59kg||$2.60F|
|2||7||I’M IMPOSING (GB)||Chris Waller||Jim Cassidy||2L||4||54kg||$5.50|
|3||8||PLANET PURPLE||Kerry Parker||Kerrin McEvoy||3.5L||5||54kg||$81|
|4||4||POLISH KNIGHT (NZ)||Michael, Wayne & John Hawkes||Peter Robl||3.7L||2||54kg||$10|
|5||2||LESS IS MORE (FR)||David Vandyke||Jay Ford||6.8L||1||55kg||$3.70|
|6||3||WAZN (IRE)||Chris Waller||Hugh Bowman||8.2L||7||55kg||$8.50|
|7||6||LUNAYIR (FR)||Chris Waller||Glyn Schofield||24.1L||6||54kg||$15|