Gai Waterhouse & Adrian Bott Racing

Waterhouse-Bott have bases covered in Run To The Rose

Converge winning the JJ Atkins at Eagle Farm back in June. Picture: Trackside Photography

 

Source: Racenet
Words: Clinton Payne

There are not too many similarities between Converge and In The Congo but that could prove a strength for the Tulloch Lodge assault on Saturday’s Group 2 Run To The Rose (1200m) at the Rosehill meeting at Kembla.

Adrian Bott, who trains in partnership with Gai Waterhouse, said the two three-year-old colts are vastly different in more ways that one but he’s hopeful that could prove pivotal as the stable chase their third win in the race, their first since Pierro in 2012.

“Two different types of horses, different racing patterns with different goals as well,” he said.

“We’re going to know a lot more about all these three-year-olds after Saturday. Our two are going to the races at different points of their preparations but we couldn’t be happier with where both horses are at.”

In The Congo has the runs on the board having dented a few reputations when leading throughout to win the Group 3 San Domenico Stakes over 1100m at Kembla a fortnight ago this Saturday.

In The Congo (yellow cap) wins San Domenico Stakes at Kembla on August 28. Picture: Getty Images

 

Josh Parr takes the reins from Tim Clark who’ll be in Converge’s saddle after Bott admitted to upping their sights with In The Congo following his last start victory.

“Tim was already committed to Converge and when In The Congo won we decided to keep him here rather than head down to Melbourne so that’s the reason for the change,” Bott said.

In The Congo is a nice ride for Josh, he is up and racing and fit and forward. He possesses really good tactical speed.

“I don’t think his win in the San Domenico was any fluke. He was a bit unlucky first-up then his good tough win last time sets him up well for Saturday. He’s drawn well and he keeps improving. He can’t be underestimated.”

In The Congo is rated a $12 chance with TAB fixed odds while the stablemate Converge is the $4.80 second elect behind $3 race favourite Anamoe.

Converge’s stocks grew during the Brisbane winter where he made his rivals in the Group 1 JJ Atkins look second rate.

Adrian Bott. Picture: Getty Images

 

The form out of that race has already been franked with third placegetter Tiger Of Malay winning the Group 3 Up And Coming Stakes.

Converge also looked the part in preparation for his return when scoring an easy win over older Stakes performers in a Randwick 1000m trial on August 20.

“He’s drawn to get the right sort of run and you’d expect he will be doing his best work late,” Bott said.

“He gives away a bit of fitness and you’d probably expect a few of them to be sharper than him at this trip but he gets the chance to prove that theory to be wrong on Saturday. I took a lot of encouragement from his latest trial. I thought he trialled up really well. He’s forward enough but naturally he’s going to improve into the preparation. He’s a different type of horse to most of these but he made great improvement at the back end of his two-year-old season and the winter form looks to be stacking up OK. The first two run for him are vital as to what direction he heads in as we get deeper into the spring. It’s game on now.”

A strong performance by either or both horses on Saturday could see them chasing the major share of a $1 million payday in the Golden Rose on September 25.

TAB fixed odds has Converge rated a $5 chance and In The Congo is at $21 for the 1400m set weights feature.

 
 

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