By Brad Gray
Debut winner Zousain has drawn comparisons to his old man Zoustar.
Chris Waller, fresh off training the two-year-old double on Saturday with Performer and Fiesta, unveiled another smart youngster at Royal Randwick on Wednesday.
Zousain winning on debut
“It helps when you have some pretty promising horses and he certainly is that,” Waller told Sky Racing’s Thoroughbred Central.
“He is a very well bred colt and I’m pretty proud that he is by Zoustar. I won’t say I feel like his grandfather but I feel like his father.
“We’re very proud of what Zoustar is doing and this is a horse we like a lot. He’s got plenty of attributes of his father. If you could compare them in photos you could see a lot of Zoustar in him.”
Waller, who is typically conservative in his pre and post-race appraisals, revealed that the stable were extremely bullish about Zousain’s prospects on debut.
“(We were) very confident. As confident as you can be in a two-year-old race. They’ve obviously got to travel and do things right. He had certainly done everything right at home and his trials and I think everybody saw that,” said Waller.
“Obviously the strength of the field meant he was a good price but it didn’t affect our confidence too much.”
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Kerrin McEvoy, after riding four winners at Rosehill Gardens on Saturday, started the Randwick meeting where he left off weaving a path on Zousain close to the fence before praising the colt’s attitude.
“(He is) very cruisey, taking it all in. He moves nicely underneath you and is very strong and well put together. He has got a nice action on him,” McEvoy said.
“It took him a good furlong and a half to get into rhythm and grab the bridle. I was pretty confident once we hit the corner. He had to go through a tight gap but he showed good tenacity.
“He’s going to be one to really keep an eye on next preparation. I feel and you’ll see the best of him then.”
Race favourite Royal Witness was well supported to run $2.15 but after enjoying a perfect trail only managed fifth.
TAB shortened Zousain’s price in the Golden Slipper from $101 into $51 after the victory.