Sixth sense: Gai’s imports chasing Cup record
Gai Waterhouse will be chasing her 6th Summertime Cup win on Saturday at Royal Randwick. Photo: Getty Images
Gai Waterhouse is relying on her “foreign legion” to declare a record 6th win in the Group 3 $160,000 Summer Cup (2000m) at Royal Randwick on Saturday.
The Hall of Famer and her training partner, Adrian Bott, have two imported stayers, Japanese-bred Wolfe and French stayer Vadiyann objecting to Boxing Day’s function race.
Another import, former English stayer Spirit Ridge from the Mark Newnham steady, is favourite to win the Summer Cup at $3.90 in latest TAB Set Chances betting but Waterhouse is talking up the possibilities of Wolfe ($ 9) and Vadiyann ($ 13).
Waterhouse, who is currently the most successful fitness instructor in Summer season Cup history with five wins from Aqua D’Amore (2005 ), Stoway (2002 ), Zanetta (1999 ), Linesman (1997) and Century Boy (1996 ), stated the Randwick track ranking will be important for the opportunities of Wolfe and Vadiyann.
” Wolfe is all set to win but he needs a dry track,” Waterhouse said. “He is very effective on a company track and I can’t inform you how much he has improved because his first-up run (fourth to Greysful Glamour in the ATC Cup). On his day, he’s a really great stayer.
” Vadiyann is a horse who likes a soft track and with the projection of some rain around (Friday) we decided to enter him for the Summertime Cup, too.
” We believed the change of gear (cross-over nose band) and quick back-up would assist because he’s a horse who if he puts his best foot forward, will be difficult to beat.”.
The Summer season Cup need to be an authentic test of speed and stamina as both Wolfe and Vadiyann like to roll forward early while Greysful Glamour ($ 4.60) has actually led throughout to win the ATC Cup and Villiers Stakes in current weeks.
Waterhouse and Bott are also checking appealing filly La Floret in Sydney Saturday grade for the very first time in The Company Property Handicap (1200m).
La Floret, a daughter of former top sprinter and emerging sire Deep Field, ran 2nd in her only 2 starts as a juvenile prior to returning with successive Canterbury wins to begin her summer campaign.
Regardless of extracting wide, La Floret is on the 3rd line of betting at $6.50 with Waterhouse confident the filly will measure up versus the older mares.
” La Floret is an extremely interesting filly in the making,” Waterhouse stated.
” I like the method she finishes off her races, she shows a truly excellent burst of velocity.
” I’m not stressed over the barrier due to the fact that she has very great gate speed. She races on rate at a beautiful, high-cruising speed. She is the one they need to beat.”.
The Waterhouse-Boss stable also has VRC St Leger winner Sacramento resuming against stablemate Navy Cross in the Ranvet Handicap (1800m).
Sacramento, who ran fifth in Quick Thinker’s ATC Australian Derby previously this year, hasn’t raced given that his St Leger success at Flemington on Anzac Day but Waterhouse said the stayer is forward adequate to race well fresh.
” No horse is going much better in our stable than Sacramento,” Waterhouse said. “I’m anticipating him returning to the races. Navy Cross is a funny old think he is a fruit out of season but he can run well if he puts his mind to it.”.
Bott is a part-owner of Regal Stage who runs for Tulloch Lodge in the Drinkwise Mile (1600m).
Regal Phase has actually reeled off three succeeding wins consisting of Gundagai’s Snake Gully Cup and the Mudgee Cup before completing unplaced behind Kirwan’s Lane at Randwick two weeks earlier.
” We have got Winona (Costin) back on Regal Stage, they go well together,” Waterhouse stated.