Chris Waller imported Surefire on Cups Trail after an impressive win at Rosehill


Surefire won like a ‘sure thing’ in a stunning return to racing at Rosehill Gardens on Saturday.

Trainer Chris Waller has high hopes for Surefire and with good reason after the former England stayer won the Bankstown Sports Handicap (1400m) with a brilliant sprint.

The former England stayer, who rides in the colors made famous by the great Frankel of all time, had won the 2400m overseas but displayed the acceleration reserved for an elite racehorse to his first Rosehill win.

In fact, Waller has such an opinion about Surefire’s emerging potential that he’s considering going straight to a Group 2 1600m ageweight race in three weeks’ time.

“I think maybe the Chelmsford Stakes will be next for him,” Waller said.

“He’s a pretty good horse.”

Surefire ($3.90), ridden by champion jockey James McDonald, finished powerfully to pass early leader Titanium Power ($2.60 favorite) and take third by almost a length over Oscar Zulu ($5).

It was Surefire’s second win since joining the Waller stable. He also achieved his first victory over 2000 m in the fall.

Waller highlighted the significant improvement Surefire has made in the short time he has been in Australia.

“Surefire won a 2400m race at Royal Ascot last year and we bought him after that,” revealed Waller.

“It’s amazing because on the last try he was OK but didn’t have the speed to run 1400m or even a mile (1600m).

“So we put him straight into 2000m and he won first but today shows how much they can adapt and change when they come here.

“He tested himself really well a couple of weeks ago and we just felt like he’s improved so much since the fall.”

Surefire’s autumn campaign ended after finishing a close second in the Queen’s Cup before finishing unplaced in the Group 1 Sydney Cup, but it’s clear he will be a key player at the Spring Carnival.

Waller entered Surefire for the big cups in Melbourne this spring and indicated that the lightly ridden five-year-old gelding would get his chance to compete in both races.

TAB Fixed Odds Price Assessors have surefire on the second betting line at $15 for the $5m Caulfield Cup (2400m) in Caulfield on October 15th.

Duais is the early favorite at $11.

Surefire also features prominently in betting on $26 for the $8 million Melbourne Cup (3200 million) in Flemington on November 1st, behind even favorites Duais, Loft and Cleveland at $15.

Originally released as a Chris Waller import, Surefire has made a name for itself for big spring features following its impressive return to Rosehill


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