Gai's cups bid overflows
FORMER English stayer Glencadam Gold not only won yesterday's group 1 Metropolitan Handicap at Randwick, but the five-year-old has also given trainer Gai Waterhouse her first genuine chance of winning a Melbourne Cup.
Waterhouse, who paid £260,000 for Glencadam Gold at a tried horse sale in England, was emphatic that the stayer could give her a second Caulfield Cup in a fortnight, and even a Melbourne Cup.
Up in the air: An excited Tommy Berry salutes Fat Al's Epsom triumph, which gave trainer Gai Waterhouse her seventh win in the race. Photo: Jenny Evans
''Just bring them on. Bring on those Caulfield and Melbourne cups,'' she declared.
''He went around as easy as you like. He'll go to Melbourne; his first stop will be the Caulfield Cup.
''What a front-running stayer he is and, do you know, the other imported horse we have at home Julienas, who was also purchased at the same sale, beat this bloke by 40 lengths.
''They'll both go down to Melbourne; Glencadam Gold is now in the Caulfield Cup and Julienas will try and get a spot in the same race by running in the Herbert Power [at Caulfield] next week.''
When asked if either Glencadam Gold or Julienas could give her a first Melbourne Cup, Waterhouse said: ''I'm very serious now, this [Glencadam Gold] is the horse that could do it.''
Glencadam Gold gave Waterhouse her eighth win in the Metropolitan, bettering her late father's record of seven.
''Isn't it even better that Tommy [Berry] has ridden them both. Hasn't he had a wonderful day,'' she said, pointing to Berry's group 1 double of the Metropolitan and the Epsom Handicap on another Waterhouse charge, Fat Al.
Glencadam Gold was penalised 1.5 kilograms for the Melbourne Cup after his Newcastle Cup success last month and is now liable for another penalty following the ease of his win yesterday. He is unbeaten in four Australian starts.
Glencadam Gold ($2.80 favourite) went straight to the front yesterday and Berry controlled the tempo before they left their rivals standing in the straight, winning by 3¾ lengths from Kelinni ($7), with Reuben Percival ($61), a stablemate of the winner, a short neck away third.
''He's a very exciting stayer. He's not a champion yet, but he goes around and enjoys his racing,'' Berry said.
''He just bounded along and I don't think I've ever had a sprinter that was travelling like he was at the top of the straight today. He's just got better and better with every run.''
Waterhouse has been successful just once in the Caulfield Cup, with Descarado in 2010. She is emphatic that Glencadam Gold and Julienas will be big players in the two cups, and she also has the favourite (Pierro) and second favourite (More Joyous) for the Cox Plate.
Both the runner-up and third placegetter are also likely to head to Melbourne, with Waterhouse pointing out that Reuben Percival could run in the Moonee Valley Cup.