The Group I VRC Coolmore Stud Stakes over 1200 metres at Flemington on Derby Day produced a fitting winner in Japonisme (3g Choisir x Haiku, by Encosta de Lago).
The handsome Chris Waller trained chestnut came out of the winter in red hot form reeling off four successive wins in July and August culminating in a stylish victory in the Group III ATC San Domenico Stakes when he took the scalp of Golden Slipper winner Vancouver.
Fourth and then third in two subsequent runs in Group races when soundly beaten by Exosphere, Japonisme was freshened before heading to Melbourne and arrived with his A game in place.
Ridden a treat by Glyn Schofield, Japonisme dived up along the fence to cruise past progressive gelding Keen Array with his stablemate Counter Attack filling third.
“It was a great ride, a patient ride,” said Chris Waller.
“That was my first Group I winner for the Ingham’s, so it’s very special.”
The eighth Group I winner worldwide for stalwart sire Choisir, Japonisme now has the overall record of five wins and three placings from 10 starts with prizemoney of $600,000 and change.
A homebred for the Ingham family, Japonisme was foaled and raised at Coolmore and is the second foal and second winner for Encosta de Lago mare Haiku, a half-sister to Group I New Zealand Oaks winner Tapildo and Group II STC Silver Slipper winner Plagiarize.
An outstanding sprinter in the making. Japonisme combines the blood of two outstanding Coolmore based sires in Choisir and Encosta de Lago.