Premier Sydney-based trainer Gai Waterhouse has her eye on the $3 million prize the 2010 Cox Plate has on offer for her six-year-old warhorse Theseo following a successful barrier trail at Randwick yesterday.
Having won over $3.1 million in prizemoney over his 35 career starts to date, Theseo was back on track yesterday when he came in third at a 1250m barrier trial at Randwick’s Kensington track.
Theseo’s stablemate, improving four-year-old Herculian Prince, was the winner at the trial hitout and looked to be a staying star of the future.
Waterhouse expressed her beliefs that Herculian Prince, who won four successive races during the autumn, could potentially develop into a Melbourne Cup contender for next year.
Waterhouse has pencilled in the Group 2 Warwick Stakes (1400m) on August 21 for Theseo’s first-up run this spring, after which weight-for-age features including the Group 2 Chelmsford Stakes (1600m) on September 4 and then the Group 1 George Main Stakes (1600m) on September 25 could be on the cards.
If all goes to plan Theseo will then head to Melbourne for the Group 1 Yalumba Stakes (2000m) on October 9 at Caulfield, with his spring campaign culminating with a run in the Cox Plate.
There was plenty of action at Randwick yesterday, with other impressive trial performances from Waterhouse’s American Group 1 winner Cannonball, and the Bart Cummings-trained Rock Classic.
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