Promising Stayer Arbeitsam wins Premier Cup Prelude

Trainers Gai Waterhouse and Adrian Bott have a promising stayer in four-year-old gelding Arbeitsam, a front-runner that, according to his jockey Tommy Berry, seemingly has further distance in his repertoire.

Berry rode the $1.95 favourite to the post at Rosehill in the 1800 m Premier Cup Prelude at Rosehill Gardens on Sunday, putting aside any concerns that the distance might prove difficult for him. He won by nearly five lengths from Classic Uniform and Sultan Of Swing.

Waterhouse and Bott have broken from standard operating procedure by mixing up Arbeitsam’s distances during his spring carnival preparations. They have gone up, came back, and then up again, but it seems to matter not.

Berry had some keen praise for Arbeitsam. “I pressed the button on him a long way out and thought when am I going to find the bottom of him — but I never did,” said Berry. “Gai and Adrian have broken a few rules with Arbeitsam by going up in distance, bringing him back then going back to 1800m but he just keeps winning. He ran the 1800m right out and 2000m won’t be a problem for him. Perhaps 2400m might test him but I’ve learned over the years to never second guess Gai.’’

Waterhouse was not at Rosehill for the race, but Bott was and he said that the win opened up a lot of possibilities for the promising gelding. He said that they might drop the horse back to 1600 m for the Riley Mile at Hawkesbury, or take him up to 2000 m for the Premier’s Cup.

Arbeitsam seems to thrive regardless of who is doing the steering. He has raced 12 times, not counting barrier trials, and he has won while being steered by Tim Clark and Adam Hyeronimus. The Prelude Cup Premier was the first ride in competition for Berry.

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