Gai Waterhouse Attacks 2011 Chipping Norton Stakes


Gai Waterhouse's Theseo is the defending Chipping Norton Stakes champion

Gai Waterhouse will launch a four pronged assault on today’s 2011 Chipping Norton Stakes at Warwick Farm Racecourse.

Of the four horses to run in the race two are into single figure odds with #1 Theseo the best backed of her runners at an $8.00 Luxbet fixed price while second in line #13 Once Were Wild has slipped under the radar a little bit and is steady at $8.50.

The other runners are at bigger odds with #10 Lorne Dancer a long shot at $51 and Caulfield Cup winner Descarado at a $26 fixed price.

Riding the former Melbourne Cup starter in the Chipping Norton Stakes will be new regular jockey for the Waterhouse stable Tom Berry who has had a rejuvanation of a similar nature in recent weeks.

After winning his first Stakes Race for his new boss on board Montana Flyer at Rosehill last week Berry gave all the credit to Waterhouse.

”I was down a little,” he said.

”But Gai had a chat with me. She told me she didn’t want me getting down, the horses weren’t racing to their best. She said, ‘I want you to go out there confident, enjoy it’ and, you know, everything picked up.

”… Gai is a great boss. If you’re down, she picks you straight up.”

He will have his work cut out for him in the Chipping Norton Stakes though with Descarado unraced since failing to finish in last year’s Melbourne Cup.

Still, Berry is on a high at the moment and is going into the race with no shortage of confidence.

”He [Descarado] feels like he looks – you know he’ll run all day,” he said.

”I trialled him the other day and he felt quite good … He has drawn a bit awkward in barrier 11 but we can work around that.”

You can guarantee if he wins the race his post-win speech will offer plenty more praise for Waterhouse and her stable, with Berry still coming to terms with his new found position as one of Australia’s top jockeys.

”It is completely different to anything I’ve seen or ridden for,” he said.

”The whole operation, the way it works … and the horses are tough. When you ride them at track work you realise why Gai’s horses are so hard to get past on race day.”

If you fancy Descarado at healthy odds or indeed like the look of any of the Gai Waterhouse trained runners in this year’s Chipping Norton Stakes than set up an account today with Luxbet.

If you are a new member you will also qualify for a free bet up to the value of $400!

That means you can bet on the 2011 Chipping Norton Stakes risk free just by signing up.

To give you an idea of what that could mean a $400 free bet on a Descarado win would pay $10,400!

Of her other runners Theseo would equal $3,200 – Once Were Wild would equal $3,400 or the long shot Lorne Dancer would pay more than $20,000!

So choose your favourite, make your deposit and get betting with Luxbet today.

2011 Chipping Norton Stakes Betting

No. Horse (Barrier) Luxbet Odds $400 Free Bet Win
1 THESEO (12) 8.00 $3,200
2 DESCARADO (NZ) (11) 26 $10,400
3 DANLEIGH (8) 7.50 $3,000
4 ZAVITE (NZ) (1) 101 $40,400
5 ILLUSTRIOUS BLUE (GB) (3) 101 $40,400
6 CENTENNIAL PARK (NZ) (2) 7.50 $3,000
7 MALUCKYDAY (NZ) (7) 5.50 $2,200
8 VISION AND POWER (NZ) (4) 81 $32,400
9 LUEN YAT FOREVER (5) 12 $4,800
10 LORNE DANCER (10) 51 $20,400
11 MELITO (13) 3.00 $1,200
12 SACRED CHOICE (6) 21 $8,400
13 ONCE WERE WILD (9) 8.50 $3,400

Note: Odds are subject to change and correct at time of publication. All prices are Fixed Win.

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