Pinot is in fine form for Water­house ahead of Group 1 tilt

The Sportsman Special Issue - - 72 - WAR­REN HUNTLY

PINOT has been rac­ing in a rich vein of form and co-train­ers Gai Water­house and Adrian Bott elected to by­pass last Satur­day’s Wake­ful Stakes and head straight to Thurs­day’s Oaks.

She was kept up to the mark with a sharp gal­lop over 1200 last Wed­nes­day and looked in out­stand­ing order af­ter cov­er­ing the jour­ney in 1.19.58 and her fi­nal 400m in 24.33.

The daugh­ter of Pierro gives ev­ery in­di­ca­tion she will run out the Oaks dis­tance of 2500m strongly and is sure to prove hard for her op­po­si­tion to run down.

DEBONAIRLY, also pre­pared by Water­house and Bott, has ar­rived at Flem­ing­ton in ter­rific order and is ready to re­sume fol­low­ing two re­cent im­pres­sive trial vic­to­ries in Syd­ney.

Last Wed­nes­day she wasn’t out to run fast time and looked bright and fit run­ning 1200m in 1.26.03 and her last 400m in a steady 27.87.

The daugh­ter of Snitzel is al­ready a stakes win­ner and looks a great chance to add more black-type to her pedi­gree page when she re­sumes over 1100m on Oaks Day.

The Mike Moroney-trained TRIBAL WIS­DOM is at peak fit­ness and heads to the Subzero Chal­lenge for grey horses at Flem­ing­ton on Oaks Day for his next start.

He gal­loped strongly over 1000m last Thurs­day and pulled up well af­ter clock­ing 1.07.97 for the dis­tance and 24.62 for his clos­ing 400m.

The son of Makfi per­formed below ex­pec­ta­tions over 1600m at Moe last time out and may be bet­ter suited back at the 1400m trip on Thurs­day.

Moroney also pre­pares WAR LEG­END who has de­rived a good deal of ben­e­fit from his two runs this cam­paign.

He quick­ened up nicely ap­proach­ing the fin­ish­ing post last Thurs­day to clock 1.38.25 for 1400m and 25.17 for his fi­nal 400m.

Al­though he is yet to win be­yond 1600m he has run well at 1800m and is in great order to step up to that dis­tance on Oaks Day.

CARRAIG AONAIR is deep into his prepa­ra­tion but is hold­ing his con­di­tion well and rac­ing in good form.

Last Thurs­day he strode evenly over 1400m and looked a pic­ture of health head­ing back to Hayes and Dabernig’s sta­bles af­ter run­ning the jour­ney in 1.38.50 and his last 400m in 27.43.

He steps back up to 1800m on Oaks Day and is sure to run well again.

Pinot is a lead­ing chance in to­mor­row’s Kennedy Oaks.

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