Racing’s first lady Gai Waterhouse, may not be the dominant force of Sydney racing that she once was, but in combination with co-trainer Adrian Bott, the pair are enjoying a good run of form with some nice priced winners. Racing writer, JUSTIN DEVINE, delves into their recent form with a look at their key runners, this Saturday.
There was once a time when nearly all horses trained by Gai Waterhouse jumped as short-priced elects. Her gallopers would present rock hard fit and sit on the speed and take a lot of catching. The “Tommy Smith” polish was evident. In recent seasons, the mega stables of Chris Waller and Godolphin Racing have feasted on the spoils of Sydney racing. However, the Waterhouse & Bott horses are still presenting fit and ready to shine.
The Waterhouse & Bott team are enjoying a purple patch of form. From their last 100 runners, there has been 18 winners and an ROI of 18%. This month the results are even better. The stables four winners this month have an average win dividend of just under $9, giving punters an ROI of 36% for the month of June.**
With four good chances this weekend, Team Waterhouse & Bott looks set to add to their recent list of winners. READY TO PROPHET looks well placed at Ipswich to win the race named in Gai’s honour, the Gai Waterhouse Classic.
Ipswich R9 – 12. Ready to Prophet @ $5.50
Followed up a win in the Denise’s Joy at Scone with placings at Randwick and Eagle Farm. Has race fitness and class on her side.Will sit up on the speed around the tight Ipswich circuit and take a lot of catching. Gai has a great opportunity to win the race named in her honour.
Rosehill R1 – 4. Minted @ $6
The 2yo made amends for a disappointing debut, when leading all the way at Warwick Farm last start for his maiden victory. Steps up to Saturday class this week, but from gate 1 should get a nice run and looks an EW special.
Sydney based hoop Tim Clark has enjoyed success with the Waterhouse & Bott team over the last 12 months. With 40 winners at a strike rate 21.5% and a ROI of 16% , those following the combination have been all smiles.
Rosehill R6 – 4. Hush Writer @ $2.30
The Japanese import was ultra impressive when resuming in the Listed McKell Cup, winning at $21. The 4yo had been touted as a possible Melbourne Cup chance at his first Australian prep and only needs to run up to his first up effort to salute again. Another great chance for Tim Clark.
Rosehill R7 – 14. Romantic Whisper @ $6.50
The filly gets in well at the weights this week and has already won twice this campaign. Will strip fitter for her recent second at Wyong and should make her own luck from the front. Stick with her.
Rachel King takes the ride and she has enjoyed a purple patch of form of late, with 11 wins from her last 100 rides at a ROI of 68%.
**Stats obtained from Punters.com.au. Correct at time of publishing