A winner of the Group Two BRC Sires’ Produce Stakes at 2, Jukebox has won the Group Two The Run To The Rose first-up from a spell, in outstanding fashion. Given a brilliant ride by Tye Angland, the Chris Waller-trainer Zoustar colt came form back in the field and sprinted to the line, beating the previously unbeaten colt Graff (Star Witness) by three-quarters of a length, with Jonker (Spirit of Boom) a further length away in third.
Angland said Lean Mean Machine was the best-looking colt in the pre-race parade and said: “He performed that way as well.
“He’s all muscle, great attitude, awesome racehorse. I didn’t do any work from the gate. It really got sticky on the point of the corner, I was going that good I was nearly running up their backsides and I had to get him out.
“I didn’t expect him to pick up that many lengths the way he did under just hands and heels but he’s a serious racehorse.’’
Lean Mean Machine is now on the second line of betting for the Group One Golden Rose, along with stablemate The Autumn Sun, while Graff is favourite for the feature race.
A $250,000 Magic Millions Yearling purchase from the Glenlogan Park draft for Aquis/Blue Sky Bloodstock/Raffles Racing Lean Mean Machine is now a hot stallion prospect and Chris Waller was not short of praise for the 3YO; “Zoustar went to a new level when he came back as a three-year-old and it looks like this horse has too.”
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