Metrop likely target for emerg­ing Gay­a­tri

The Sunday Telegraph (Sydney) - - RACING -

CHRIS Waller be­lieves Gay­a­tri has Group 1 stay­ing po­ten­tial af­ter her tough win at Rose­hill Gar­dens yesterday.

Gay­a­tri re­turned to win­ning form when she pow­ered clear of sta­ble­mate Dabiyr to win the Rose­hill Bowl­ing Club Hand­i­cap (2400m).

“I re­mem­ber Hughie (Bow­man) say­ing early on she’s the type of horse that could win a Syd­ney Cup with 50kg,’’ the trainer said. “He said that last ‘prep’ and she’s been a long time com­ing.’’

Waller didn’t rule out set­ting Gay­a­tri and Dabiyr for the Group 1 The Metropoli­tan (2400m) next month.

“I guess they’ll be thrown in the deep end in the next few weeks with Listed races,’’ he said.

“In two weeks, there’s a 2400m race they can both run in. They’re prob­a­bly one step short of the Metrop but we won’t dis­count them. We’ve had some OK suc­cess from this race go­ing to­wards the Metrop. It’s not a bad path.”

Gay­a­tri ($10), rid­den by Tommy Berry, scored by a widen­ing 1¼ lengths from Dabiyr ($2.10 favouritis­m) with Costello ($6) nearly a length away third.

“It was a good, gen­uine gal­lop and a nice ride by Tommy Berry,’’ Waller said.

“Last prepa­ra­tion, Gay­a­tri was go­ing well up at th­ese dis­tances. She was beaten by a very good horse last start at Rand­wick and I think she’s still ma­tur­ing.

“It’s a long way from Rose­hill in Septem­ber but I think she’s a gen­uine Syd­ney Cup horse in the au­tumn.”

Gay­a­tri is by Pierro, win­ner of the 2012 ju­ve­nile triple crown of Golden Slip­per, ATC Sires’ Pro­duce Stakes and Cham­pagne Stakes, and now a lead­ing sire based at Cool­more Stud in the Hunter Val­ley.

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