Lean Mean Machine (2015 colt by Zoustar – She’s Meaner, by Falvelon) showed an impressive turn of foot when powering down the rail to win the Group 2 BRC Sires’ Produce Stakes from stable-mate Zousain (Zoustar), with Boomsara (Spirit of Boom) in third.
A $250,000 Magic Millions Gold Coast Yearling Sale purchase for Julian Blaxland of Blue Sky Bloodstock, the colt, who looks primed for the Group 1 JJ Atkins in a few weeks’ time, is trained by Chris Waller and raced by Aquis in partnership with Raffles Racing and G1G Racing and Breeding.
A debut winner at Warwick Farm last month when beating Munich (Snitzel) by 0.8L in a Class 2 Maiden over 1000m, Lean Mean Machine’s toughness and raw ability was evident on his next start in what was a messy renewal of the Group 3 Kindergarten Stakes (1100m) at Randwick. Overcoming a rough run, where he was bumped several times on the run-in and lost a plate, he still managed to finish strongly for 3rd.
Lean Mean Machine started a short-priced favourite in the Group 3 Ken Russell Memorial (1200m) at the Gold Coast on his next start and again put in a huge run from a wide draw to take 3rd behind the Aquis-raced Sesar (Sebring), with Boomsara (Spirit of Boom) second.
The talented colt defied his wide draw in the Group 2 BRC Sires’ Produce Stakes (1350m) when scoring by three-quarters of a length under jockey Corey Brown who likened the colt to a Rolls Royce in the post-race interview.
Chris Waller, who had a stable quinella in the race, was just as impressed with Lean Mean Machine’s performance.
“Lean Mean Machine is a very good horse,” Waller said. “He had no luck at the Gold Coast at his previous start and I told Corey (Brown) to ride him like he was the best horse and go straight back from his bad barrier today.”