Waterhouse Seeking Fourth Win in Her Dad’s Race Saturday
No one is happy that Chautauqua is not in the field for Saturday’s running of the Group 1 T J Smith Stakes (1200 m) on day one of The Championships at Royal Randwick.
No one, at least, would publicly admit to happiness.
The Grey Flash could have made it four consecutive in the weight-for-age sprint, but he apparently employed the horse sense his connections lacked and developed the tactic of refusing to leave the barriers, almost as though he knew that further racing could be life threatening for an aging veteran.
The training duo of Gai Waterhouse and Adrian Bott, however, are clear beneficiaries of Chautauqua’s absence, as their horse English no longer has to worry about finishing second to Chautauqua for a third consecutive year.
English is currently carrying an $11 quote with Ladbrokes, behind favourite Redzel ($2.40), In Her Time ($4.20) and Brave Smash ($7.00). She has drawn a bit wide with the 12th barrier, but that is not so bad, she will not be excessively burdened and she will have competent jockey Sam Clipperton for a rider.
Waterhouse and Bott also have Global Glamour ($14.00) in the race, running from the 10th slot, with Tim Clark riding.
Waterhouse has won the race named for her father three times and it would probably be safe to say she would like to win this one again and many more times.
Adrian Bott supplied quote worthy comments, telling reporters, “Her record would look very different if there was no Chautauqua. She’s been huge in the race the past couple of years.“I think this year she’s had a more suitable preparation for this race.This time she’s peaking in the race whereas in the past she’s been quite wound up from the start of her campaigns.”
Global Glamour, according to Bott, has had a great preparation leading up to the T J Smith Stakes. She ran second to Happy Clapper in March at the Group 1 Canterbury Stakes and before that, she ran second to Endless Drama in the Group 2 Apollo Stakes in February.