Dy­namic duo head north for raid on car­ni­val

NT News - - SPORT - MARK OBERHARDT

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.

Pic­ture: AAP IM­AGE

Jockey Ben Mel­ham rides The Taj Ma­hal to vic­tory at Sandown

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