Zousain triumphs at Randwick
Champion trainer Chris Waller is hoping Zousain can follow in the footsteps of his sire, Zoustar, after he won on debut at Randwick on Wednesday afternoon.
Expertly guided by Kerrin McEvoy, who picked up four winners on Wednesday, Zousain took an inside run before beating Godolphin colt Pindus by a long head, earning a start in a lead-up race to the $3.5million Golden Slipper in the process.
Zousain is 999/1 to win next month's Golden Slipper while Pindus can be backed at 999/1.
Waller already has Performer (13/2) as a leading contender for the Golden Slipper and remained coy when asked if Zousain was capable of joining his stablemate on the same path.
"He's certainly promising and I'm pretty proud that he's by Zoustar," he said. "He's got plenty of his father's attributes, if you compare the photos you see a lot of Zoustar in him."
A Brisbane campaign was initially under consideration for Zousain but his win has upgraded plans, although he will not be forced towards the Golden Slipper.
"I'm not going to make the mistake of beating them up and just going to the sales and promising owners that their horse is going to win the Golden Slipper," Waller added. "I want them there as three and four-year-olds, I want a horse to have a career."
McEvoy, who also won aboard Tangmere to bring up Waller's century of Sydney metropolitan winners for the season, is upbeat about Zousain's future.
"I can see him propelling forward into this preparation and the next. He's not the finished article yet, but he's got a lot of ability," he said.
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