Chris Waller has had just a handful of runners in the Golden Slipper and Accession has staked his claim as perhaps his best contender yet.
A colt by the Waller-trained Brazen Beau, Accession was having his third start in yesterday’s appropriately-named Countdown To The Golden Slipper (1100m) t Rosehill. After being beaten on debut by Godolphin filly Athiri, Accession had won the Inglis Nursery in December.
That race is part of the sales company-sponsored series which includes the A$2 million Inglis Millennium in two weeks’ time, for which Accession is now the $4.50 equal favourite with Catch Me.
He also firmed from $51 to $15 for the Golden Slipper in March with his performance to come from back in the field, extending his margin with each stride to be four and three-quarter lengths ahead of Avon River on the line.
“He is a definite Golden Slipper horse,” Waller said. “This was his third run and he is improving all the time.
“Two-year-olds tell you where they want to go and if they are up to a tough campaign. He goes to the Inglis Millennium next.”
Accession was Waller’s first winner by Brazen Beau, who he trained to two Group One wins in his homeland and a close second in the Diamond Jubilee Stakes at Royal Ascot.
Despite his previous win, Accession eased from $2.70 to start $3.20 as punters went for the Ciaron Maher and David Eustace-trained Igniting, who was backed from $2.70 to $2. 60.
Igniting ran fourth after leading early with Giselle Anne ($19) in third after taking the field into the straight. – AAP