GAI Waterhouse once again had to settle for second prize at Tuesday's Melbourne Cup, but it was more joyful than many this spring.
Her ''parachute horse'' Fiorente charged home to finish a length from Green Moon but there is more to come from the classy import.
''We ran second to the horse that [Waterhouse's husband and bookmaker] Rob had marked 5-1 favourite, which is no disgrace,'' Waterhouse said.
''I knew I had a really good horse, the form around him so strong.
''I just knew he was a quality individual and I just wish we had him for more than two weeks.
''I think if we had been able to get a run into him it might have been a different story.''
It has been a frustrating spring for Waterhouse, who has prepared Pierro to run second in the Caulfield Guineas and third in the Cox Plate. She had More Joyous and Glencadam Gold beaten as favourites in the Toorak Handicap and Caulfield Cup.
Waterhouse admitted she never thought she was going to win the Melbourne Cup but Glencadam Gold had been a mighty sight in front until the 300 metres when he was collared.
''I think that was one of Tommy [Berry's] best rides, he just got him travelling and at the top of the straight I thought, he couldn't could he?'' Waterhouse said.
''Fiorente is a vastly superior horse to Glencadam Gold on ratings but Glencadam [Gold] just tries too hard.
''I think he showed with that run why he was Caulfield Cup favourite and he is going [to] give us a lot more fun next year.''
Waterhouse will make a decision on whether to push on to Sandown with Fiorente or spell him.
''We will see how he is,'' she said. ''I can't wait to get him back in the autumn and give a full preparation because he is a very good horse. We might be back here next year.''
Waterhouse's quest for the Melbourne Cup has again involved a trip to Europe. ''I went over there and bought three horses for the Melbourne Cup and I have also got the best rated horse ever to come to Australia, Michelangelo.
''He is a three-year-old I got out of the John Gosden yard after he ran third in the St Leger with a view to next year.''