Waller’s Ma­chine and Zou­sain out to em­u­late their sire

The Sportsman Weekend - - News - MATT JONES

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

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