Waller coy on Zousain rumours

06 September 2018 07:54:24 EST

Champion trainer Chris Waller says none of the remaining The Everest slot holders have been in contact with him, despite rumours Zousain is in their sights.

The remaining two slot holders for the $13million race, the Australian Turf Club and Max Whitby's syndicate, have been linked with a move for Zousain as the likes of Kementari, Pierata and Happy Clapper have been ruled out.

Zousain resumes on Saturday in the Group 2 Run To The Rose (1200m) and Waller says The Everest is not his priority, at least until after the running of the $1million Group 1 Golden Rose (1400m) at Rosehill on 22nd September.

"No one has spoken to me about The Everest," Waller said. "I think with a three-year-old colt you have to tick that Group I box before it gets away.

"Even with Winx, I've never been worried about prizemoney with horses. Get them to where they need to be and then the big money races will be there.

"As far as I can see The Everest will still be there next year. I'd need a fair bit of convincing to run a three-year-old, especially if he hadn't won a Group I race.

"If he had won a Group I it would make it a bit easier. My job's done once a colt has won a Group I race.

"It then comes down to weighing up prizemoney and the end value of a horse."

For now Waller is focused on Zousain's return on Saturday and is encouraged about what lies ahead for his colt this spring.

"We think he's a really good colt and he's come back bigger and stronger," he added. "The natural progression we hoped we would see is there. Saturday is a good test for him, it's a good field and I'm happy with his draw.

"I think he's the real deal and he should run well."

Zousain is 999/1 for The Everest, with Trapeze Artist 9/1, Redzel 15/2 and Vega Magic 6/1

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