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 is favourite for the Caulfield Guineas and Cox Plate.
Waterhouse added to a treble at Randwick by winning the Gilgai Stakes with Hallowell Belle at Flemington on Saturday as the southern team fired. However, the cavalry arrived 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 top weight of 60 kilograms. ''She is the best horse in the field and will carry a good horse's weight and win,'' she 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, which she is a $7.50 second elect in betting to her three-year-old stablemate at $2.70.
Proisir will take Waterhouse's Cox Plate team to three despite being beaten in the Spring Champion Stakes by It's A Dundeel on Saturday. ''I have no doubt at all he will run the 2040m 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 and Waterhouse's day at Randwick, where they combined for a treble including the Epsom and Metropolitan. Fat Al gave Waterhouse a seventh Epsom to match her father Tommy Smith's record in the big mile and will head for the Emirates Stakes later in the carnival.
However, Metropolitan winner Glencadam Gold will be the centre of interest in the next couple of days as he is favourite for the Caulfield and Melbourne cups following his 3¾-length victory on Saturday.
He remains unbeaten in four starts since coming to Australia to join the Waterhouse team. Glencadam Gold was given a 1.5kg penalty to take his Caulfield Cup impost to 51.5kg after his victory in the Newcastle Cup. Racing Victoria handicapper Greg Carpenter, who is in France for the Arc de Triomphe meeting, will announce another penalty later in the week and it will have to be at least a kilogram to assure Glencadam Gold a start in the cup on October 20.
''I don't think he is going to get Nash Rawiller's [weight], Tommy is going to get his chance to ride him again,'' Waterhouse said. ''He did a marvellous job [on Saturday].''
Craig Williams confirmed he would ride Pierro in the Cox Plate if the unbeaten star continues on that path as expected following the Guineas. It seemed a no-brainer for Williams to choose to ride Pierro, but the hoop has to part ways with Green Moon to do so. He rode the import to win the group 1 Turnbull Stakes on Saturday.
with Andrew Eddy