Grand occasion for Bott as Gai makes jump to Victoria
THE question needed to be asked: which racetrack will trainer Adrian Bott be attending.
Bott, who co-trains with Gai Waterhouse, has runners at the feature Nowra Cup meeting and also at Casterton in Victoria where the stable has Multitude in a Maiden Hurdle and Valediction in the Open Steeplechase.
“The jumpers I will leave to Gai,’’ Bott said. “They are Gai’s forte, she goes down to Melbourne to put the polish on them. I’m happy to go to Nowra.’’
Bott is sending two runners to Nowra and could easily leave with a brace from Grand Finalist in the $45,000 Nowra Cup (1600m) and Flame Of Love in the $35,000 Belle of the South (1200m).
Flame Of Love, owned by John Muir of Secret Admirer fame, is resuming but she has looked very impressive in recent barrier trial wins at Canterbury and Rosehill.
“We have been delighted with her trials,’’ Bott said.
“This is a nice race to kick her off before we bring her to town. We want to give her some race fitness and confidence.’’
Meanwhile, Bott confirmed Doomben 10,000 winner English will race next Saturday in the Group 1 Kingsford-Smith Cup (1350m) as the stable continues its quest to secure the mare a start in the $13 million The Everest at Royal Randwick in October.
“The Everest is our aim, we are trying to get her there,’’ Bott said.
“We want her to be there. She wants to be there, now English needs someone (slot-holder) to want her to be there.
“She will run in the KingsfordSmith next Saturday and if there is a possibility of running in The Everest, that is where she will go.’’