Dynamic duo head north for raid on carnival
THE powerful Gai Waterhouse and Adrian Bott training partnership will step up its Queensland summer carnival presence with Our Crown Mistress at Doomben today.
Waterhouse has been a force in summer carnivals for decades and nothing has changed since joining with Bott two years ago.
Our Crown Mistress will attempt to add a second stakes win to her record in today’s Listed Just Now Quality (1350m).
The mare recorded four wins and a second from her first five starts, including victory in the Listed Lexus Hybrid Stakes at Flemington during the 2017 spring carnival.
Closely related to multiple Group 1 winner Racing To Win, Our Crown Mistress was a $200,000 yearling at the 2016 Magic Millions Sale.
She had four starts during the latest Melbourne spring carnival, with her best performance third in a Group 3 sprint at Caulfield won by Winter Bride.
“As is the case with all mares, black-type is invaluable and there looks to be several races to suit her in Brisbane,” Bott said.
Multiple Group 1-winning jockey Brett Prebble, who is in Brisbane for this weekend’s Origin Jockeys Series, will ride Our Crown Mistress, who until now has done all her racing in the anti-clockwise direction in Victoria.
Some of the Waterhouse-Bott team’s heavy summer artillery have arrived in Queensland, including Chess Star, a recent Rosehill winner and the ruling favourite for the $2 million Magic Millions Guineas on January 12.
“At this stage he will have his next start in the Gold Edition Plate at Doomben on Saturday week,” Bott said.
Unite and Conquer, who is second favourite in the Magic Millions 2YO Classic, is also heading to Queensland.
The stable has another likely carnival visitor in filly The Art Of The Bar, who made it three wins on end at Warwick Farm on Wednesday.
Art Of The Bar is currently third favourite for the MM Guineas. JOCKEY Stephen Baster has learned over a long period not to second guess trainer Gai Waterhouse.
More times than not she has been proven correct and so Baster is happy to jump aboard Runaway in today’s Pakenham Cup.
While most runners have been sent for a spell after the Melbourne Cup, Runaway has been kept in work.
After winning the Geelong Cup two starts ago, Runaway finished 19th behind Cross Counter in the Melbourne Cup. Baster said Waterhouse, who trains in partnership with Adrian Bott, did not see a lot of suitable staying races for Runaway and there were two options for the stayer.
One was to run in today’s race, the other to head to the paddock and wait.
“She said it was worth giving him another chance,” Baster said. “She’s the trainer, she knows what she’s doing and I’m happy to go along with it.”
Baster rode Runaway in the Melbourne Cup and has ridden him in work since.
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