Blue-blooded colt Wandjina puts Gai Waterhouse’s foot on the till
Gai Waterhouse Photo: Mick TsikasThe strength of Gai Waterhouse’s juvenile team is starting to show, after $1 million colt Wandjina took care of midweek company with ease at Warwick Farm on Wednesday.
The son of Snitzel started favourite for the 1000-metre dash for two-year-olds and did what was expected of him. He was backed from $1.90 to $1.55 late.
“He is coming late but has the brilliance, which can take them a long way,” Waterhouse said. “We had him in a [barrier] trial as well as this race, but he has just kept improving and improving, which is what the good two-year-olds do.”
Wandjina was already well found in Golden Slipper betting at $15 before he scored by 3¼ lengths from Country Warrior. Third-placegetter Aerobar was another half-length away.
“He stays at $15 because that’s what you would expect him to do against that sort of field,” TAB苏州美甲美睫培训学校.au’s Glenn Munsie said. “We will get a better idea about him when Gai steps him up next time out.”
Waterhouse would not be drawn on where Wandjina would run next but she is likely to separate him and unbeaten colt Law, which is also a $15 chance in the Golden Slipper.
Wandjina sported a set of blinkers for the first time at Warwick Farm and Waterhouse was keen to learn from jockey Nash Rawiller whether they could come off at his next start.
“He is a lovely colt and just did everything right,” Rawiller said. “He dropped his head and relaxed and I would leave them on because he is so relaxed with them.”
Waterhouse confirmed Canonbury Stakes winner Fighting Sun is likely to be retired after he pulled up with a serious leg injury. “He will go to stud the fastest unbeaten son of Northern Meteor,” she said.
She will turn her attention to the Blue Diamond Stakes at Caulfield on Saturday, in which she will run unbeaten filly Nayeli and maiden colt Francesco.
Nayeli is an $11 third favourite for the Slipper. In the Blue Diamond she is the $9.50 fourth favourite and Waterhouse believes she should be closer to the highly touted Rubick and Earthquake.
“She is definitely under the radar, this filly,” Waterhouse said. “She beat the colts last time and has done nothing wrong. She just keeps going forward and I’m very happy with her, and she has drawn well and will run a great race.”
In other Blue Diamond news, Darley reported to stewards that Mohave has been on antibiotics for the past two days. Trainer Peter Snowden is confident Mohave will run and says Earthquake, second in the betting, is also ready to go.
”There is a bit of mucus, so we were taking no risks,” Snowden said of Mohave. “He will run a good race. Earthquake has done everything right, the barrier [of 15] is a bit of worry but she is very good and can overcome it.”
Sportingbet has found it hard to write a bet against Earthquake since the draw and moved Gerald Ryan-trained colt Rubick in to $2.85 after taking a large bet.
”We had one client ring up and have $50,000 on him at $3,” Sportingbet boss Michael Sullivan said.
“He … could start shorter by Saturday. The punters are following the old adage that a good colt always beat a good filly.”
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