Metrop likely target for emerging Gayatri
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.