CHRIS Waller has another potential top-liner in Bascule, a three-year-old colt who is putting together an impressive resume.
The son of Thorn Park made it three wins (and a second) from four starts when he defeated a batch of up-and-comers in the Primacy Handicap at Flemington.
After two wins in Sydney, the $5 chance made his Melbourne debut and proved too strong over the 1420m to defeat Pure Addiction ($18) by one-and-a-quarter lengths, with the $1.85 favourite Roundabout three-quarters of a length away third.
While there were excuses for the Peter Moody-trained favourite — he was trapped four wide for much of the trip — the winner showed a touch of class.
Stable representative Brian McGrath predicted a bright future for the colt, as did jockey Craig Williams.
“He was very impressive and has a big future,” Williams said.
McGrath declared Bascule has “a lot more to come” following the win.
“He was down to run at Moonee Valley at the end of November but we scrapped that and I guess he was fitter than we thought to run first up over the 1420m.
“Roundabout is a nice horse and the race had a bit of depth. So after that win he is starting to put together a nice profile. He’ll more than likely stay in Melbourne and go through his grades. I think he will stay,” McGrath said.
Bascule stepped out for the first time since mid-August, settled second last and ran home powerfully to win.
Roundabout was looking for three consecutive city wins. However he was trapped four wide and jockey Luke Nolen had to press forward, using a lot of energy. The gelding stuck on well but lacked the zip that has cemented his previous two wins at Sandown.
Pure Addiction from the Robbie Griffiths yard came from last at the 400m and ran on impressively.