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High Benchmark For Antonio Padre
Trainer Chris Waller has trained two foals of Kaaptive Empress to victory in the Gr1 JJ Atkins Stakes in the shape of Press Statement (Hinchinbrook) and Pressday (Domesday), and this Wednesday another foal of the mare, Antonio Padre, will commence a campaign that may see the juvenile colt head towards the Brisbane winter carnival in an attempt to emulate his relations. Like his full-brother, the Vinery Stud-based Press Statement, the Waller-trained Antonio Padre is by the ill-fated Hinchinbrook and will contest the Justify @ Coolmore Handicap (1300m) at his first run back. Eighth on debut in January when starting the second favourite, the form of the race looks promising with the surprise winner that day being Dundeel's exciting Gr1 colt Castelvecchio who heads into Saturday's Gr1 Champagne Stakes (1600m) with a live chance, while second was the China Horse Club-raced Just Zerene (Zoustar) who travelled to New Zealand for her most recent start, finishing fifth in Gr1 company. While Antonio Padre has a long way to go to live up to the race day performances of his brothers, it's worth noting that although Pressday had won by this time in his campaign, Press Statement hadn't yet made his race debut, before going on to win his first three starts as a juvenile. One of two runners in the field for Waller, Antonio Padre will start from barrier two for jockey Tommy Berry.