Gai Waterhouse & Adrian Bott Racing

Never Been Kissed to chase the Montefilia double

Never Been Kissed (photo by Ashlea Brennan)

 

Source: Racenet
Words: Ray Thomas

Never Been Kissed is chasing the “Montefilia double’’ but In The Congo is almost certain to miss The Everest.

Trainers Gai Waterhouse and Adrian Bott are finalising spring carnival plans for their Group 1-winning three-year-olds with the increasing likelihood Flight Stakes winner Never Been Kissed will back up in the $1 million Spring Champion Stakes (2000m) at Royal Randwick on Saturday.

But Bott has all but ruled out a start in the $15 million The TAB Everest start for Golden Rose winner In The Congo even though the crack colt is prominent in betting at $15 alongside Coolmore’s boom three-year-old Home Affairs and Godolphin’s gun young sprinter Paulele.

“I would say you can put a line through the Everest with In The Congo,’’ Bott told The Daily Telegraph.

“We are more likely to follow the traditional three-year-old path at this point of his career and the Coolmore Stud Stakes is the focus. He could be an Everest horse in 12 months' time.’’

With In The Congo home in his stable box, Waterhouse and Bott don’t have an entry for the Roman Consul but Never Been Kissed has been entered to take on Coolmore’s highly promising Head Of State in the Spring Champion Stakes.

Never Been Kissed (photo by Ashlea Brennan)

 

Never Been Kissed is in her debut race preparation but scored her third win in four starts with a powerful effort in the Flight Stakes.

“We have nominated Never Been Kissed for the Spring Champion and there is a good chance she will back up,’’ Bott said.

“She has come through the Flight Stakes really well and I think 2000m shouldn’t be an issue.

“It will be a good test to see if there is that natural progression to get to the Oaks distance or not.’

Never Been Kissed (photo by Ashlea Brennan)

 

Montefilia became the only filly to win the Flight Stakes-Spring Champion Stakes Group 1 double last year and she trained on to win her third major in The Metropolitan from the Waterhouse and Bott-trained Entente last Saturday.

Bott said Entente could stay here for the St Leger in two weeks or go to the Caulfield Cup if he can squeeze into the field.

Vangelic, another of the Waterhouse-Bott stable’s big race winners this spring, comes off her Golden Pendant success and will line up in the $500,000 Silver Eagle (1300m) at Saturday’s Randwick meeting.

 

 
 

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