“These are the stars of our sport and it is what people want to see – an athlete at their best.”
The Autumn Sun had a job to get to Vegadaze, but at the 100m mark he under control and Kerrin McEvoy still had gears in hand. The margin was a long neck on the post with Bondi 1¾ lengths away third.
“They were dashing in front of me as I was asking him to quicken up, and if the feel he gave me is anything to go by I reckon his sectionals will be something pretty slick,” McEvoy said. “He just kept coming at them. I was always going to get them, but his best 100 metres was his last 100. He’s looking for a mile, maybe even further.”
It was a smart ride from McEvoy and showed his understanding of the colt getting him into clear air on the run.
“We were worried about getting on the inside, like the Stan Fox, but as soon as he got in the clear, Kerrin didn’t need to bustle him and get him go through the gears,” Hermitage racing manager Oliver Koolman said. “That is the importance of having him on this horse.”
The Redoute’s Choice colt will look for his fourth group 1 in the Randwick Guineas in two weeks. After that, there are exciting options, including a clash with Winx or a trip to take on the world.
“That is all he needed to do in my eyes. That will just top him over for the Randwick Guineas in two weeks time,” Waller said.
“On these types of track, it is hard to make up ground, but that’s what good horses do and he deservedly won.
“Hopefully he is there as a four and five-year-old as well, if we talk nicely to the owners.
“He has got the ability to be anything.
“He ticks all the boxes. He is very unlucky not to be unbeaten. He has the best attitude, the best looks, best athleticism. He is the perfect model racehorse.”
While others were questioning a bout of soft trials, the trainer knew he had slick machine tuned up and ready to go on raceday
“It is pretty hard to lose confidence when you know you have got that and you are only waiting to ignite the pressure of raceday and hoping to see what we saw last prep, and we saw it today.” Waller said
“He is the prefect type to take on the world. There is some business to take care of in the autumn first.”
Anthony Cummings was delighted with Vegadaze’s effort and will look for a rematch in the Randwick Guineas and then possibly a group 1.
“You don’t get beaten too often on a wet track running 34½ home,” Cummings said. “That is his best run and we will keep going.
“The Guineas and the Doncaster are there for him if he can stay up.”
Racing writer for The Sydney Morning Herald