Gai Waterhouse & Adrian Bott Racing

Waterhouse-Bott babies make their debut in the Sydney Spring Carnival

Resonator (photo by Ashlea Brennan)

 

Words by Rachel Gray

Four of this year’s youngest recruits in the Gai Waterhouse and Adrian Bott stables will make their first mark in the world of horse racing on Saturday. 

Two-year-old fillies Choose Your Words and Pantonario will compete in a field of eight in the Group 3 Gimcrack Stakes (1000m) at 12.25pm. This will be followed by two-year-old colts Resonator and Kibou who have made it into the Group 3 Arrowfield Breeders’ Plate (1000m) at 1pm. 

The fillies and colts first appeared on September 20 in the Inglis Official 2YO Barrier Trials at Randwick, proving themselves among some of Australia’s most precocious and forward youngsters.

Choose Your Words (photo by Ashlea Brennan)

 

The daughter of stallion Redoute’s Choice and dam Hush Up finished third of six in her trial,  and Gai’s co-trainer Adrian Bott said having Choose Your Words wear blinkers will be a big positive for her on Saturday. 

“That'll sharpen her up and help her really focus,” he said. “But I thought she had improved since the trial as well.”

Pantonario (photo by Ashlea Brennan)

 

Pantonario was in the fastest heat of the morning, and Adrian said. “But she stuck on very well from a hot early speed. And she's open to a lot of improvement.”

 

The Not A Single Doubt filly, out of dam Rhodamine, also placed third in her trial.  She has drawn barrier one in the upcoming Gimcrack Stakes on Saturday, a huge positive for these inexperienced youngsters. Top jockey Tim Clark will get the leg up aboard Pantonario whilst Nash Rawiller will be riding Choose Your Words, both on 56kg. 

Resonator(photo by Ashlea Brennan)

 

As for the two colts, all eyes will be on Kibou who is in “excellent order” and Resonator who has drawn a “nice barrier three” in the Breeders’ Plate, Adrian said. 

Resonator is just the ultimate professional,” he said. “And he is a tough honest horse.”

Resonator saluted the judge in his maiden trial at Randwick, running in heat seven of the Colts and Geldings (855m) on the day. 

  

“And Kibou has got a lot of natural talent and speed which he’ll need from that wide draw in barrier 14, but he’s certainly a horse with plenty of upside,” Adrian said. 

The son of stallion Maurice and dam Fortiche placed first of seven in his trial, gapping his field impressively. 

 

Kibou (photo by Ashlea Brennan)

 

 
 

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