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Atkins gives Waller another G1 quinella

AtkinsgivesWalleranotherG1quinella

June9,20184:12pm。

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ChrisWaller-trainedTheAutumnSunhasbeatenstablemateZousainintheGroupOneJJAtkinsStakes。

BoomcoltTheAutumnSunhasdefiedadramaticbettingdrifttokeephisunbeatenrecordintactintheGroupOneJJAtkinsPlateatDoomben。

TheAutumnSunblewfromanopeningquoteof$2。

45tostartthe$4favouritebeforescoringbyaneckfromstablemateZousain,whowasheavilysupportedfrom$9。

50into$6。

Itwasonlyhisthirdstartandtoseehimdigsodeepshowedjusthowsmartheis,trainerChrisWallersaidonSaturday。

ItsaGroupOneracewithsomuchatstakeandonlycertainhorsescantakethatstepsoquicklyandexcel。

Theresultinthe1600mracegaveWallerhisthirdone-twofinishinGroupOneracesduringthewintercarnivalandhis13thattheelitelevelfortheseason。

WallerprovidedthequinellaintheDoombenCupwithCominThroughandEggTartbeforeanotherone-twofinishintheQueenslandOakswithYoungstarandAnotherDollar。

TheAutumnSunwasWallersthirdwinintheAtkinsfollowingvictoriesbyPressday(2010)andPressStatement(2015)。

ThecoltwillhaveashortspellbeforeWalleraimshimatthespringcarnivalinMelbourne,wherehewillattempttoemulatethedeedsofPressStatement,whowontheCaulfieldGuineasafterhisAtkinssuccess。

TheAutumnSunwillbeaCaulfieldGuineashorseandIdsayZousainwillbekepttotheshorterracesliketheGoldenRoseandCoolmore,Wallersaid。

ThiscarnivalisgreatforhorsescomingthroughanditsaboutgraduallygettinguptothisGroupOnelevelandthentheyseemtospringboardoffitandcatchuptootherhorsesinthespringwithconfidence。

WinningjockeyKerrinMcEvoybelievesthebestisstilltocomefromTheAutumnSun。

ItwillbeinterestingtoseewherehegetstointhespringandhesoneIlldefinitelybekeentostayonthebackofinthebigraces,McEvoysaid。