Waugh on winning track for quinella glory at Muswellbrook
KIM Waugh not only has a terrific chance of taking out the Sandy Hollow Cup this afternoon, she can land the quinella with King Hewitt and Calabasas.
King Hewitt was just out of the places at his past two starts in midweek metropolitan grade while Calabasas has also shown potential.
“I’m very happy with both horses going into this race,” Waugh said. “It looks like a lovely race for them.”
King Hewitt returned from a sixweek freshen-up, and two handy trials, to finish behind Julian Rock and Live The Moment over 1400m at Kensington on October 9.
He then finished behind Tahsin and Zouologist at Warwick Farm but his run was much better than it appeared on paper, according to Waugh.
“I thought it was a good effort behind Tahsin last start,” she said.
“He was a little slow away and settled just worse than midfield and they didn’t go that quick in front. It ended up a sprint home which doesn’t really suit him.”
The son of Star Witness has drawn ideally in barrier two this afternoon and will appreciate the drop in weight on his recent assignments.
Stablemate Calabasas resumed from a let-up with an eighth behind Sakura and Bergen over 1200m at Warwick Farm on October 7 and should have finished closer than his four-length fourth to Pandano and Hidalgo at Newcastle last start.
“I though he ran well at Newcastle the other day,” Waugh said. “He got flattened on the corner when he tried to come out. He had a bit of a bumping duel and got put back into a pocket.
“I thought it was a pretty tough run to be honest and no doubt he should have finished closer.”
The son of Snitzel has drawn barrier five for today’s race, where he has the limit weight of 54kg.
“He has come through the run fine and I think he’ll be one of the chances, for sure.” Waugh said.