Gai confident of more spring joy at Caulfield
Guineas next: Pierro is hot favourite. Photo: Jenny Evans
GAI Waterhouse celebrated a group 1 double as a farewell to Sydney for the spring at the weekend, and believes she will repeat the dose with her stars Pierro and More Joyous at Caulfield on Saturday.
Three-year-old Pierro is already in Melbourne and, following his Bill Stutt Stakes romp at Moonee Valley, is at short odds to add the Caulfield Guineas and Cox Plate over the next three weeks.
Waterhouse added to a treble at Randwick by winning the Gilgai Stakes with Hallowell Belle at Flemington. And the cavalry arrived in Melbourne yesterday in the form of More Joyous and Kabayan.
More Joyous will be out for successive Toorak Handicaps on Saturday and Waterhouse is unconcerned about a possible topweight of 60 kilograms.
''She is the best horse in the field and will carry a good horse's weight and win,'' Waterhouse said.
''She was on the float with Kabayan, who will run in the Norman Robinson in a couple of weeks. He can wait a week because I have the winner of the Guineas, Pierro. I only need the one.''
More Joyous will use the Toorak as a final tune-up for the Cox Plate showdown, for which she is a $7.50 second elect behind Pierro at $2.70.
Proisir will take Waterhouse's Cox Plate team to three despite being beaten in the Spring Champion Stakes.
''I have no doubt he will run the 2040 metres and that's the right race for him,'' she said.
''He was completely and utterly disadvantaged by the way the race was run on Saturday and you will see a different horse in the Cox Plate.''
It was Tommy Berry's and Waterhouse's day at Randwick, where they combined for a treble, including the group 1s of the Epsom and Metropolitan.
Fat Al gave her a seventh Epsom to match her father Tommy Smith's record. The four-year-old will head to the Emirates Stakes on the last day of Melbourne Cup week.
Metropolitan winner Glencadam Gold rocketed to the top of betting for the Caulfield and Melbourne cups after his 3¾-length romp.
Glencadam Gold, unbeaten in four starts since coming to Australia, was given a 1.5 kilogram penalty for his win in the Newcastle Cup last month and is liable for another penalty for his dashing all-the-way win at the weekend.
Racing Victoria handicapper Greg Carpenter, who is in France for the Arc de Triomphe meeting (which was run overnight), will announce a penalty later in the week.
Glencadam Gold needs a penalty of at least 1 kilogram to be assured of a start in the Caulfield Cup on October 20, but he is likely to receive more than that.
''[But] I don't think he is going to get Nash Rawiller's [weight],'' Waterhouse said.
''Tommy is going to get his chance to ride him again. He did a marvellous job on Saturday.'' With ANDREW EDDY