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Vinery & China Horse Club Purchase Share In Press Statement
Vinery Stud in partnership with the China Horse Club have acquired a significant interest in Gr1-winning 2YO colt Press Statement. The Chris Waller-trained colt remained undefeated throughout his juvenile season, confirming his class when scoring a dominant win in the Gr1 JJ Atkins Stakes during the winter carnival in Brisbane. "He is a very talented colt" Waller said. "He won the Group 1 J. J. Atkins very comfortably; the same race Zoustar and Brazen Beau, who I also trained, both ran second in. I believe Press Statement is a better horse now than they were at the same stage and I think he fits the mould of being a superstar colt". A homebred for successful breeder and well known racing identity Tony Muollo, Press Statement is a half-brother to former top juvenile Pressday (Domesday) whom Waller trained to win the JJ Atkins Stakes in 2010 when it was known as the TJ Smith Classic. Press Statement's sire Hinchinbrook is this year's leading first season sire and is himself a three-quarter brother to proven Gr1-producing stallion Snitzel. "Press Statement is undefeated as a two-year-old, winning all three of his starts including a Group 1; a great start for any young colt," Vinery Stud's Peter Orton said. "It is however, the potential improvement that we can see in this colt that is most exciting". Michael Wallace, representing the China Horse Club, said: "We are very excited to secure a horse of Press Statement's quality in partnership with such a successful organisation as Vinery and the colt's current owners. This Group 1 winning colt gives our China Horse Club members a great opportunity, both on the track and eventually at stud. Colts of this quality are highly sought after by our members, they are an essential part of the bloodstock portfolio we are striving to develop". Press Statement will be targeted at a number of feature Group races throughout the spring carnival.