Scone Cup Carnival Attracts Over 400 Nominations
Despite saying several years ago that she was winding down as a thoroughbred horse trainer, Gai Waterhouse has continued to show up at various venues and seems to have derived a dose of a rejuvenative nature from her collaboration with Adrian Bott.
They will be sending a contingent to the Scone Cup Carnival later this week and they will have a presence in the feature races of the two-day affair, including Fabrizio, winner of the Hawkesbury Gold Cup and Supply and Demand. Both horses will be in the Listed Scone Cup for Friday. They could have opted to send Fabrizio north to Doomben, but the lure of the Scone Cup proved to be the stronger of the two.
Waterhouse and Bott will also have a presence in the Chairman’s Handicap at Doomben, as they are sending their Wagga Gold Cup winner Stampede to Brisbane for the 2000 m quality handicap Group 3 Chairman’s Handicap.
The Scone Cup Carnival is perhaps the most popular of the country meetings and trainers have put forth a total of over 400 nominations for Friday and Saturday, so punters will not lack for options.
Twenty-four are nominated for the Scone Cup, even though it is a Listed status race, although the $200,000 prizemoney could qualify it for Group 2 status.