Premier trainer Chris Waller has his benchmark two-year-old for the season after Accession took out the Inglis Nursery at Randwick on Saturday.
Waller spoke of the $300,000 Easter purchase being a mirror image of his sire Brazen Beau, whose first-season crop are making a mark after he also produced with early Golden Slipper favourite Tassort.
Accession took advantage of an inside draw to win by three-quarters of a length from Strasbourg, which charged home from third-last turning for home, with Namimo holding on for third.
“It sets your team up for the autumn by winning now,” Waller said. “It was a gun ride from Hugh [Bowman]. He got him to travel beautifully just behind them and he let down well.
“His first-up run was terrific and it’s good to see two-year-olds improve with their runs.
“There is a lot of Brazen Beau about him and for that reason he is pretty special to me.
“He’s just a nice round horse and if you have a look at a picture of Brazen Beau that is the same shape he was.”
Bowman said there was a bit of improvement left in Accession, which will target the $2 million Inglis Millennium in February after a break.
“When he hit the front he didn’t know what to do but I had to put his mind back on the job, he responded and he is only going to improve,” Bowman said.
“He is a pretty sensible horse and he is a horse that does want to get on with it. He is a two-year-old type and that’s what you want.”
While Waller and Bowman enjoyed another success, Peter Snowden pointed to the barrier draw, which probably cost Strasbourg victory.
“The winner came from barrier two, the third horse from three and fourth had one, that’s how important the draw was,” Snowden said. “We had to go back from 11 and it is also his style but he could have been a pair or two closer if he had drawn well.
“He certainly went through his gears and he is going to be a nice horse next time in.”
Accession is another winner for Denise Martin’s Star Throughbreds, which forked out $300,000, the equal most her company has paid for a yearling.
“This colt was very athletic, had a lot of purpose, his attitude was marvellous – which I think is a mark of the breed,” Martin said. “Brazen Beau was a wonderful speed racehorse, he suits Australian conditions very well.
“He is a special colt.
“We’re well aware there’s a $2 million race in February, the Inglis Millennium, and we are now alive in the Inglis Triple Crown for the extra $3 million as well, so there are some big decisions to make moving forward.
“We will leave that to Chris and his team but we have a very nice horse.” – Chris Roots, Sydney Morning Herald.