Gai Waterhouse & Adrian Bott Racing

In The Congo too slick for high-profile rivals

 

In The Congo passes the post in front in the G3 San Domenico Stakes. Photo by Ashlea Brennan.

 

Source: Racenet
Words: Ray Thomas

In The Congo used his natural speed to full advantage and upset some high profile three-year-old rivals at Kembla Grange on Saturday. All the hype leading into the Group 3 $160,000 San Domenico Stakes (1100m) was about the showdown between returning Golden Slipper winner Stay Inside and last-start The Rosebud winner Paulele.

But the underrated In The Congo, trained by Gai Waterhouse and Adrian Bott, burst out of the barriers and led throughout to claim the feature sprint from the fast-finishing Paulele and Captivant.

“We took bad luck out of the equation,’’ Bott said. “We used that tactical speed that In The Congo has got and from the nice draw that helped. He didn’t necessarily have his own way throughout but I thought it was a great effort to really fight them off and dig deep late.”

 

The immediate race program for In The Congo ($7) is still to be determined, but Bott has since mooted the Group 2 Run To The Rose ovr 1200 metres at Rosehill on 11th September as the "most logical race now." 

Bott could continue In The Congo towards the Golden Rose (1400m) later next month but the trainer is more inclined to make use of the colt’s greatest asset, his sheer speed.

Photo by Ashlea Brennan.

 

“We will have a chat with Henry Field and connections, map out a plan, but we’d like to keep him to the sprint distances,’’ Bott said. “Certainly he’s a real out and out speed horse I feel. He may stay up here for a race like the Roman Consul Stakes with eventually the Coolmore Stud Stakes being the ultimate aim.”

In The Congo, a son of super sire Snitzel, improved his record to two wins (and two seconds) from four starts, and Bott said the colt showed his quality by holding off a series of challengers in the straight.

“I knew he would dig in deep, he is that type of horse, he showed that in his previous run,’’ Bott said. “He is very courageous when the pressure is on so it’s great to see him pull out plenty. He has taken a good bit of work. There is so much speed and natural ability there. Just harnessing it the right way but he’s putting it all together now and certainly is going to progress the right way.”

Photo by Ashlea Brennan.

 

Tim Clark, rider of In The Congo, agreed the three-year-old colt is a “real short course horse”.

“Paulele probably beat him on his merits the other day but it was just disappointing that he didn’t get to show his wares because he got held up badly,’’ Clark said.

“But today the race set up as though he was going to get the lead and he was going to be able to make his own luck and we would find out if he was good enough or not. We knew what we were going to get from him. It was a matter of whether he was good enough. He showed today that he definitely is.”

Tim Clark gives In The Congo a well earned pat. Photo by Ashlea Brennan.

 

Clark felt In The Congo can only continue to improve with more race experience.

“I still feel he has a bit more to give,’’ Clark said. “He couldn’t get away from them at the top of the straight then he waited for them to come to him and went again. He has good upside. He has always been an impressive little horse and is very tough.”

Adrian and Neil Paine show off the trophy. Photo by Ashlea Brennan.

 

 
 

Previous


Gai & Adrian TV 17th September 2021

Gai & Adrian TV 17th September 2021

With fourteen runners across the next three days, this is not an episode you want to miss.  


Gai & Adrian TV 9th September 2021

Gai & Adrian TV 9th September 2021

It's an incredibly exciting day at Kembla on Saturday, with CONVERGE returning in the Group 2 Run To The Rose. 


Gai & Adrian TV 2nd September 2021 - Birthday Special

Gai & Adrian TV 2nd September 2021 - Birthday Special

With no fewer than 18 possible runners over the next three days, it's a huge weekend for Tulloch Lodge.  


In The Congo too slick for high-profile rivals

In The Congo too slick for high-profile rivals

In The Congo used his natural speed to full advantage and upset some high profile three-year-old rivals at Kembla Grange on Saturday. 


Gai & Adrian TV 26th August 2021

Gai & Adrian TV 26th August 2021

Join Adrian as he spins through our weekend runners, including IN THE CONGO, SOCIAL ELEMENT and more.  


News - Archive