Gai Waterhouse believes Randwick gallop points to Moonee Valley Cup win
Gai Waterhouse believes a race-day gallop from Randwick last Saturday points to winners on both sides of the border this weekend as Broadside and Excess Knowledge chase different targets at different levels.
Promising stayer Broadside was beaten by Melbourne Cup-bound Excess Knowledge in the gallop but lines up in “a winnable race” on his home track at Randwick on Saturday.
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“He is a horse with a beautiful action and I have always had a bit of time for him and he has found his form,” Waterhouse said. “Once he has got up to a trip where he can be effective, we saw what a strong stayer he can be, when he won.
“He had that gallop with Excess Knowledge, which is in the Moonee Valley Cup, to stay up to his mark. Even though he was beaten in the gallop it was by a very good stayer and he is still a very handy staying type himself.
“He has been heavily penalised for his win last time but I think he will win again on Saturday [and] could come down to Melbourne.”
Waterhouse is looking forward to Excess Knowledge returning to Melbourne for his final push towards the first Tuesday in November.
The imported stayer has had three runs in Melbourne this campaign in which he has improved with each effort as he has stepped up in trip. He finished midfield in the Dato Tan Chin Nam Stakes and Naturalism Stakes before grinding home into third in the Bart Cummings at Flemington last start.
He returned to Sydney after that run, where the reports from Waterhouse’s co-trainer Adrian Bott have been outstanding.
Smart stayer Broadside is set to continue winning form at Randwick. Photo: bradleyphotos.com.au
“Adrian has been very happy and thinks he is physically stronger and is as good as he has been since he came to Australia,” Waterhouse said.
“He is getting to a longer trip that will certainly be to his advantage and I think he will be competitive on Saturday and in the Melbourne Cup.
“We have got Vlad Duric coming to ride him [from Singapore] on Saturday and he will ride him in the Melbourne Cup.”
Waterhouse is hoping that Saturday will just be a continuation of success from Friday night, where English takes on Chautauqua and the best sprinters in the country in the Manikato Stakes.
“This has been the race that [owners] the Kellys wanted to target from the start of the preparation and she gets here in top order,” Waterhouse said.
“She went to Moonee Valley on Tuesday and worked very well and handled the track.”
English has been a beaten favourite in The Shorts and the Premiere Stakes this preparation but she should be better suited in the Manikato Stakes with the likes of Buffering and Capitalist to provide plenty of speed.
“That is important for her because it will give her the chance to use her sprint off a good speed,” Waterhouse said. “I think she is at her peak and we will see her best on Friday.”