Waller completes JJ Atkins treble
Champion trainer Chris Waller has picked up his third win in the Group 1 JJ Atkins after The Autumn Sun came up trumps at Doomben on Saturday afternoon.
Jockey Kerrin McEvoy also picked up his third win in the race as he came from deep in the field to overpower stablemate Zousain by a neck, with Fundamentalist another 1-1/2 lengths away in third.
Waller had previously won the JJ Atkins with Pressday (2010) and Press Statement (2015), with Press Statement going on to win the Caulfield Guineas as a spring three-year-old, and he is likely to have similar plans with The Autumn Sun.
Waller did have some pre-race reservations about going into the JJ Atkins at the colt's third start, but they proved to be unfounded.
"I was questioning whether at only his third start he was ready, only certain horses can take that step so quickly," Waller said.
"Early in the day I was thinking about everything that could go wrong. The winner was only at his third race start just to see him dig so deep showed how smart he is.
"The class of the winner and of the runner-up will be seen in their future lives.
"Both of them will have a break and be aimed towards big Group I races in the spring, with Zousain kept for shorter distances perhaps and The Autumn Son looks a Caulfield Guineas horse."
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