Quebec to hold off a Siege of challengers
THE Gai Waterhouse and Adrian Bott-trained Siege Of Quebec is set to start favourite in tomorrow’s Group 2 Crystal Mile (1600m) at Mooney Valley, but he’ll have a heap of horses breathing down his neck.
Since the training partnership have adopted very unlike Waterhouse tactics by riding Siege Of Quebec cold he’s been a revelation.
He beat Pierata in the Group 3 Bill Ritchie (1400m) before running a credible seventh in the Group 1 Epsom Handicap (1600m) and he stormed home to finish third in the Group 1 Toorak Handicap (1600m) last start at Caulfield.
But James Cummings has two fancied runners, Duca Valentinois and It’s Somewhat, who will provide serious threats
“Duca Valentinois was all at sea trying to get onto his Melbourne leg at Caulfield,” Cummings said.
“But he’s a weight-for-age winner at mile last time in and this is the race we wanted to have him right for. It’s just a shame he isn’t bringing a more positive run with him.”
Cummings also feels Group 1 winner It’s Somewhat is flying under the radar heading into the race.
“He’s running well without winning this time in.” he said.
“With fitness on his side he’s capable of being competitive and his training has continued to be at a high level.
“But the big factor this weekend is getting back to a firmer track and in distance. Those two things could lead to a sharp turnaround form.”
Siege Of Quebec looks hard to beat in the Crystal Mile tomorrow.