Zousain Second Favourite in Run to the Rose Betting After Barrier Draw

September 5, 2018

Zousain Second Favourite in Run to the Rose Betting After Barrier Draw

Premiership winning trainer Chris Waller has seen his day go from bad to worse on Wednesday as Run to the Rose hopeful Zousain drew barrier 8 ahead of Saturday’s $200,000 Group 2 race at Rosehill Gardens.

Favoured alongside Kris Lees trained Graff following early nominations, Zousain has opened as the $4.20 second-elect with Ladbrokes ahead of his first-up attempt at 1200m.

On the back of a trial win which involved Chautauqua and The Autumn Sun on August 25, Waller’s three-year old has figured as a horse to watch this Spring as he attempts to replicate May’s winning form.

Having succeeded at the Group 2 level, Zousain’s ultimate goal will be a second crack at Group 1 glory following a second-placing in the $600,000 J.J. Atkins Stakes (1600m) at Doomben earlier in June.

With no prior record on the heavy track, Zousain’s run in Brisbane left a lasting memory in punter’s minds as they look toward Melbourne in the coming months.

Jumping from an even wider draw (barrier 14), Zousain sat three-wide for most of the race well off the speed. Storming home from seventh at the final turn to finish runner-up behind The Autumn Sun, Waller missed out on the first place prize by only a head.

Jockey James McDonald did a great job of placing the three-year old in a winning position at Doomben, and he’ll receive the ride again this Saturday.

With Zousain nominated for the $5 million Cox Plate later in October, a race that is likely to be dominated by Winx, the two will hope to build on their success.

Rain is forecast in Melbourne for Thursday, as well as showers on Saturday, so there’s every chance we could be looking at a soft track on race day.

Unfortunately for the Waller stable, that only further favours Graff at short $2.60 odds following his win on the soft in the $150,000 San Domenico Stakes a fortnight ago.

2018 The Run to the Rose Field

No Last 10 Horse Trainer Jockey Barrier Weight Penalty Hcp Rating
1 146122x ZOUSAIN Chris Waller James McDonald 8 57.5kg 90
2 13310x LEAN MEAN MACHINE Chris Waller Tye Angland 7 57.5kg 88
3 11×1 GRAFF Kris Lees Jason Collett 13 57kg 85
4 1x1L0x3 PERFORMER Chris Waller Hugh Bowman 1 57kg 83
5 323x81x8 PAQUIRRI Gary Moore Christian Reith 3 57kg 81
6 2×221 DANAWI Tim Martin 11 57kg 75
7 11628×1 SANDBAR Brad Widdup 10 56kg 85
8 11x10649x2 LONG LEAF David & B Hayes & T Dabernig Tommy Berry 9 56kg 82
9 110×4 JONKER David Atkins Kerrin McEvoy 4 56kg 78
10 1x4342x8 LEGEND OF CONDOR Gerald Ryan Brett Prebble 12 55kg 80
11 5310×5 TCHAIKOVSKY Peter & Paul Snowden 5 55kg 71
12 113 SMART ELISSIM David & B Hayes & T Dabernig 2 55kg 70
13 47×14 NUCLEAR BLITZ Michael, Wayne & John Hawkes 6 53kg 62

 

 

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