Gai Waterhouse & Adrian Bott Racing

Double win in NSW heralds city races for two rising sprinters

 

Explosive Truth (photo by Ashlea Brennan)

 

Words by Rachel Gray 

Sprinter Explosive Truth has “bounced back” and Nelspruit has shown his bravado at Kembla Grange this week, says Waterhouse's co-trainer Adrian Bott. 

Following impressive wins in Wollongong on Thursday, the two four-year-old geldings are expected to be upgraded into Sydney metro races as their careers progress, Adrian said. 

The dashing chestnut Nelspruit, ridden by jockey Regan Bayliss at 58kg, paced ahead in race five after an early sprint to lead the field of 12, taking the win in the 1400 metres Michael Hood Benchmark 64 Handicap.

 

 

In race seven, Explosive Truth shot away to be a clear winner by four lengths with top jockey Nash Rawiller riding at 58.5kg in the 1200 metres Mick Hood Class 1 Handicap.

 

Adrian said plans were now apace to put Explosive Truth in a more prestigious Sydney race against tougher competition in a couple of weeks.  

“I thought he was excellent, bouncing-back from what was a disappointing run for the connections at the last start,” Adrian said. Explosive Truth had much better conditions to suit him (this time), mainly being a dry track.”

The Theresa Bateup-trained Eberlee placed in second and Gwenda Markwell’s Burning Need in third. “In the last start Explosive Truth had heavy conditions and he really struggled, and that run flattened him a bit,” Adrian said. “He was given a little freshen-up off the back of that. So, we’ll probably look to bring him into the Metropolitan grade now after such a dominant win (at Kembla).”

Nelspruit (photo by Ashlea Brennan)
 

Meanwhile, Nelspruit’s career is set to soar, with the Waterhouse-Bott stable looking to place the son of Zoustar in a longer 1600 metres regional meet before ticking the boxes for his start in a city race. 

Adrian said the Zoustar-gelding “was very brave” at Kembla Grange Racecourse on Thursday. 

“He lit up a good solid tempo stretching out to the 1400 metres. I like the fact that he dug deep and fought off those early challenges, and particularly how strong he was through the line. That gives us a bit of confidence going forward that he can continue to improve as we step him up in distance.”

 
 

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