New Zealand-bred mare Atishu, trained by Chris Waller, is setting her sights on the Australian Cup and Queen Elizabeth Stakes for her autumn campaign. Following her recent victory in the Group 1 Champions Stakes (2000m) at Flemington, Atishu has shown consistent form, having also finished as the runner-up in the Group 1 Empire Rose Stakes (1600m).
Owned by Go Racing and bought for $260,000 at the 2019 New Zealand Bloodstock Book 1 Yearling Sale, Atishu has a record of nine wins and 12 placings from 39 starts. Her performance at Flemington, especially in the Champions Stakes, has highlighted her capabilities at both mile and 2000m distances.
Albert Bosma, Go Racing’s principal, spoke highly of Atishu, noting her effectiveness at Flemington. He mentioned that the mare is likely to take a short break before her next major races. The Australian Cup and Queen Elizabeth Stakes are the primary targets for Atishu, offering suitable challenges for her skill set. This planned trajectory will be finalised after further discussions between Bosma and Waller.
– RAS NewsWire