There were familiar names all round connected to the smart winner of the first at Warwick Farm on Wednesday, the Chris Waller trained Lean Mean Machine ridden by Blake Shinn in the $40,000, Pluck@Vinery Handicap (1000m) for two-year-old colts and geldings.
Waller trained Lean Mean Machine’s sire Zoustar to the heights of dual Group 1 victories and Shinn rode his dam She’s Meaner, by Falvelon, to a lessor level victory, but a win nevertheless, at Wyong.
Shinn was not down to ride Lean Mean Machine, but with Hugh Bowman resting after his concussion from his fall from Performer at Randwick on Saturday he willingly stepped in to fill the spot.
The result was a stylish win for the first starter with Shinn concerned initially that he might have had to use the colt up early to latch onto the field as they entered the main straight. Shinn sent Lean Mean Machine around the field off the turn and the colt smoothly picked the field up and went past.
Munich and Kerrin McEvoy chased and Shinn kept Lean Mean Machine up to his work over the final 100m and the colt kept to the task well for a 3/4L win looking within himself in doing so.
Munich (Snitzel) and McEvoy were well clear of Swelt (Sizzling) and Christian Reith in third, the margin 3L.
The time was 58.16 on the Soft 5 with the final 600m in 34.33. Lean Mean Machine paid $3.00 on fixed odds and $2.90 on the tote. The $2.70 favourite Hiemal faded to finish fifth.
“A very professional horse and he will have a bright future for connections,” said Waller.
“He did a good job and he has good future,” agreed Shinn.
Waller was circumspect about where next for Lean Mean Machine commenting that the stable would allow the colt to show when he was ready for another assignment. That said it would not surprise to see Lean Mean Machine racing over the winter over the Queensland Winter Carnival.
Lean Mean Machine, a $250,000 yearling purchase, is owned by Raffles Thoroughbred Racing, Aquis Farm, Mr M S Sowerby and RKH Thoroughbreds and the colt earned $33,220 on debut.The Raffles Racing co-owned Madam Rouge created a winning double for both the stable and Zoustar when she came out to win the TAB Handicap (1000m) for the two-year-old fillies under Brenton Avdulla.
It was the second race start for Madam Rouge after a fifth on debut at Rosehill back in November. With the spell she returned in fine fashion to go away from the field for a 1 1/4L margin victory over Dream Child and Fallgold.
Pluck@Vinery Handicap, photo finish picture ATC