The Lexus Stakes winner. An English import who only had two starts in the United Kingdom before being purchased by Chris Waller for Australia. He won his first start in Australia over 1250m at Canterbury last September and he’s emerged as a promising stayer since then.
Amazingly, he started the year rated 68 under the Racing NSW system – he’s now rated 101, which is a huge leap. He won two restricted 2200m races at Warwick Farm in August, before finishing fourth to Julienas in the Wyong Cup. He then won the Colin Stephen Quality, turning the tables on Julienas, before a distant second to Glencadam Gold in The Metropolitan.
He had a month off prior to Saturday’s Lexus win. He’s been up since July, which is a long campaign for an Australian-prepared galloper. He does get in light and he gets Glen Boss aboard, who has been flying. But for mine, he just lacks the class to win this race. I think he was slightly lucky to win the Lexus Stakes, with both Dare To Dream and Ibicenco facing checkered passages. Would surprise.
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Breeding: Refuse to Bend x Orinoco
Bred in: Ireland
Trainer: Chris Waller
Jockey: Glen Boss
Career Stats: 18:8-3-3
Last 5 Starts: 14121
Biggest Win: Group 3 Lexus Stakes (2500m), Flemington, 3/11/2012
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