Waller’s Machine and Zousain out to emulate their sire
IT’S always hard for a young horse to emulate his star sire but that’s what Zousain and Lean Mean Machine are attempting to do in tomorrow’s $1m Group 1 Coolmore Stud Stakes (1200m) at Flemington.
Zoustar won the race in 2013, which happened to be Jim Cassidy’s 100th Group 1 win, and he’s gone on to be a highly successful sire at stud.
That success would grow even further if one of his sons can win the stallion-making race up the Flemington straight tomorrow.
Trainer Chris Waller said Zousain was the horse that most looked like Zoustar.
“He’s a really good horse and he’s the splitting image of his dad who won race,” Waller said.
“They’re both very good horses. His dad did the job and there’s no reason why his son can’t do it as well.”
Lean Mean Machine might not have his dad’s looks like his stablemate but he’s done a bit more in his short career to date.
He’s a two-time Group 2 winner including win over his stablemate and other star colt in Graff in the Run To The Rose Stakes.
“Lean Mean Machine is obviously by Zoustar too and I couldn’t be happier training his progeny. They are serious horses,” Waller said.
They’ll come up against the likes of Written By, Sunlight and Diplomatico, the Team Hawkes horse who is on rise and comes off a great win in Listed Brian Crowley Stakes (1200m) at Randwick on October 20.
“He’s still got a few rises to jump at the moment but I can say, I think he’s going to be some horse in the autumn,” co-trainer Michael Hawkes said.
“He was stiff not to win his first start but he didn’t know what being a racehorse all about. He had
spell, came back and won in outstanding fashion but to jump from a maiden win to a stakes race was a big effort.”
Lean Mean Machine. Pic: Grant Guy