Gai Waterhouse & Adrian Bott Racing

Waterhouse warning for Sir Lucan in Melbourne Cup

Gai Waterhouse
Source: Racenet
Words: Stephan Brassel 

 

It was an unusually reserved Gai Waterhouse who spoke about imported Melbourne Cup aspirant Sir Lucan after watching the Northern Hemisphere three-year-old go through his paces at Werribee on Tuesday. The normally upbeat and confident Waterhouse, who trains SirLucan with Adrian Bott, was more than happy with the son of Camelot but when questioned about the stallion was more measured than her usual self as she assessed the chances of the virtually unknown import.

“He’s probably a preparation away, when you look at the other horses of Joseph’s (O’Brien) and Tony and Tom Noonan’s (handling Spanish Mission) they all look a bit more mature than our fellow but that doesn’t mean our fellow (won’t be competitive) he’s only got 50kg on his back,” Waterhouse told Racing.com.

“He’s a very nice horse and he deserves his place in the Cup.”

Sir Lucan had just completed his workout at Werribee in front of the champion trainer and under the watchful eye of the vets with the lightly-raced galloper impressing Waterhouse. 

"He took hold naturally at the 1200m, and I thought I hope he’s not going to go too keenly but he clicked each furlong really impressively and what I loved was the way he found the line over the last 200m, (He was) Full of running, bright, alert, he then trotted up for a group of vets and they said they hadn’t seen a more fluid horse trot up, he’s got a lovely demeanour, a great attitude, we’re really enjoying training him Adrian and I. I’d been watching him on FaceTime for quite some time between Newmarket and when he first arrived here and I could see him gradually picking up and then the past 48 hours he picked up even better. His coat’s gleaming and he’s very happy.” Waterhouse said

 

Sir Lucan was formerly trained by Aidan O’Brien in Ireland and comes to Australia with a similar profile to previous Melbourne Cup winners Rekindling and Cross Counter, who were both three-year-olds in the Northern Hemisphere when they won the race in 2017 and 2018. The eight starts of Sir Lucan in Europe resulted in two wins, both in Ireland, at Cork and Navan over 1609m and 2615m while his last run was an eighth in the 2922m Group 1 St Leger at Doncaster on September 11.

Sir Lucan currently holds the last spot in the Melbourne Cup field and barring attrition between now and Tuesday’s race would carry 50kg and the No.24 saddlecloth. However there is still much to play out between now and next Tuesday with questions still to be answered about a few sitting above the Waterhouse-Bott galloper who is rated a $21 chance with TAB all-in markets while the Hotham Stakes winner also has the capacity to be a wildcard as they could leapfrog into the field.

 

 

 

 

 
 

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