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In The Congo out to complete rare Coolmore feat

In The Congo   Photo: Ashlea Brennen
Source: Racenet
Words: Mitch Cohen

 

Punters are warming to the idea that star colt In The Congo can defy close to a decade of recent history and complete a remarkable Golden Rose-Coolmore Stud Stakes double at Flemington on Saturday. Not since the Chris Waller-trained Zoustar in 2013 has a horse won Rosehill’s 1400m feature and come back in trip to claim Melbourne’s marquee sprint for three-year-olds. While the Golden Rose has proven to be a strong form reference for the Coolmore, Zoustar is the only horse of the past 20 years to win both events.

But if the money is right, In The Congo – who beat subsequent Caulfield Guineas winner and Cox Plate runner up Anamoe in the Golden Rose – will be joining Zoustar in the history books. The Gai Waterhouse and Adrian Bott-trained colt has usurped Extreme Warrior ($4.40) at the top of the betting after shortening from an opening quote of $5.50 into $4.20 since TAB markets opened on Wednesday. Waterhouse and Bott plan to reach into the gear bag to give In The Congo his best chance of winning back-to-back Group 1s with the stable set to use blinkers for the first time down the Flemington straight.

“I think he will need the blinkers coming up the straight and the 1400m coming back to the 1200m, we put the blinkers on him on Tuesday morning and he worked by himself up the straight after having a jump out there last week when it was probably all a bit new for him and he got a bit lost. Hence the reason why we worked him in the blinkers on Tuesday morning and they had much great effect. He was much more focused and it was a lot sharper work.” Bott said.

In The Congo hasn’t raced since his Golden Rose victory back on September 25 after the stable elected not to chase a spot in The Everest in favour of setting him for the Coolmore against his own age. He was instead given a quick freshen up but Bott believes recent Melbourne hit-outs should have him up to the mark for his first run in a little over a month.

“Having a few weeks between runs it was of benefit (to have the gallop on Tuesday) and he needed that improvement from the jump out, he showed a lot of improvement and we are very happy with him going into Saturday.” Bott said

In The Congo carries an amazing record into the Coolmore having never finished worse than second in six career starts. Three of those runs have been wins including a Group 3 San Domenico Stakes (1100m) two starts before his Golden Rose triumph. Craig Williams will be aboard In The Congo.

 

 

 

 

 
 

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