Waterhouse and Bott Predict Echo to Repeat and Ash to Burn

Our sense of irony is such that we envision a world where Gai Waterhouse’s training partner was named Robert, rather than Adrian, in which event we would absolutely call him Rob, but a future where mechanicals rule the planet may not be as distant as might be desired.

At least for the moment, humans still hold sway and prepare the thoroughbreds, so we have the pleasure of reporting that Waterhouse and Bott seem to have a promising class of juveniles in the offing.

That would seem to be the case, judging from a recent Wednesday meeting at Canterbury, where to training duo supplied Echo Gem and Master Ash to reward any who backed those two to win.

Echo Gem is by Tulloch Lodge parents. The sire is Squamosa, a productive racer that won the Group 3 Run To The Rose at Rosehill back in 2010. Squamosa boasts Not A Single Doubt for a father.

Echo Gem’s dam was Porcellanus.

Echo Gem won second up when she took out an ATC Handicap of 1250 metres jumping at $8.50, beating three Chris Waller horses in the bargain, including the equal-second favourite Task And Purpose ($5).

In the interest of balance, we report that Waterhouse and Bott also had Ready To Prophet in the race, the other $5 equal-second favourite, but not even Brenton Avdulla steering could prevent the horse from finishing dead last.

The other winner that Waterhouse and Bott fielded on the day, Master Ash, won the next race, another 1250 metre handicap, winning from $21, beating a pair of Peter and Paul Snowden horses, Sneaking To Win and Napoleon Solo (cue Man From Uncle theme music).

Master Ash is by Sebring from Hanky Panky. He place second first up in a maiden in mid-June at a meeting where the big Sydney trainers all took in a nice haul of prizemoney to keep the hay flowing and the lights on.

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