Scone to Raise Gai’s Stradbroke Hopes

May 12, 2011

DEPOSIT $100 to get


*In Bonus-bets

View Offers

deposit $50 bet with


*In Bonus-bets

View Offers

deposit $25 to get


*In Bonus-bets

View Offers

deposit $250 to get


*In Bonus-bets

View Offers

Scone to Raise Gai’s Stradbroke Hopes

One of Sydney’s most respected trainers, Gai Waterhouse is hoping she can secure a chance of winning her maiden Stradbroke Handicap in Brisbane next month with four-year-old Pureness to show their stuff at Scone this Friday.


Pureness will put their Stradbroke Handicap hopes on the line in the Scone Cup on Friday

Over a very successful training career spanning nearly 20 years, Waterhouse has prepared countless Group 1 winners but is as yet to enjoy success in Queensland’s premier sprint, the $1 million Group 1 Stradbroke Handicap (1400m).

This year Waterhouse has five runners nominated for the Stradbroke Handicap, running at Eagle Farm on June 11, lead by last year’s Golden Rose runner-up Squamosa and four-year-old Pureness.

While Waterhouse has said Not A Single Doubt colt Squamosa is very close to resuming having been in the paddock since coming within a half-neck of Toorak Toff in the Group 1 Golden Rose (1400m) last August, Tale Of The Cat gelding Pureness will put their Stradbroke claims on the line at Scone tomorrow.

“I’m delighted with him,” Waterhouse said of Squamosa who had an exhibition gallop at Randwick on Wednesday.

Squamosa, although high-up the early Stradbroke markets at $14, is unlikely to be ready in time for the feature.

“I’ll probably set him for the June Stakes (at Randwick on June 11) first-up,” Waterhouse said.

Pureness is further down the current Stradbroke Handicap odds at a quote of $21, but will get their chance to move up the markets with a successful performance in the $175,000 Listed Emirates Park Scone Cup (1600m).

With defending Scone Cup champion Keepin’ The Dream an early scratching from the race, Pureness is the $7.50 second favourite behind Lee Freedman’s Easter Cup runner-up Fanjura ($6).

After winning the Group 2 Ajax Stakes (1500m) at Rosehill on March 26, Pureness ran a credible ninth to Sacred Choice in the Doncaster Mile beaten five lengths in their first Group 1 assignment on April 16.

Last start the gelding ran third to Keepin’ The Dream in the Listed Rowley Mile (1600m) at Hawkesbury and will look to step it up again in the Scone Cup.

“I’ve got Pureness going to Scone and he’ll be very competitive in the Cup,” Waterhouse said.

“He may go up for the Stradbroke.

“If he runs competitively…he’s nominated for the Stradbroke.”

Meanwhile, early Stradbroke Handicap favourite Sincero is also set to race at the two-day Scone Carnival.

Leading the Stradbroke odds at $4.80, the in-form son of Umatilla will look to add a sixth consecutive win to their name in the $250,000 Inglis 3YO Guineas (1600m) on Saturday.

Racing fields and data are copyright 2011-2018 © Racing Australia Pty Ltd (RA) (and other parties working with it).
Racing materials, including fields, form and results, is subject to copyright which is owned by RA and other parties working with it. Full copyright notice.

Spring Racing

Dubai-Bound Hey Doc Resumes in...

Waller Gears Up 2018 Australia...

Waller Gears Up 2018 Australian Guineas Contingent

Sydney-based Chris Waller is stepping-up the autumn lead-up work for his...

Memes Vies for 2018 Expressway...

Memes Vies for 2018 Expressway Stakes Shot

A good run fresh in Saturday’s Summer Sprint at Royal Randwick could earn the...

2018 Robert Sangster Stakes Ta...

2018 Robert Sangster Stakes Target for Houtzen

The Robert Sangster Stakes 2018 in Adelaide this May could be calling for Toby...

Mr Sneaky Cheeky Chance for La...

Mr Sneaky Cheeky Chance for Ladbrokes CF Orr Stakes 2018

Group 1 placed Mr Sneaky could target the 2018 Ladbrokes CF Orr Stakes...

Race Results

Viewed Victorious in Caulfield Cup

Race 1 Result – $101 500 AGL Renewable Energy Stakes – She’s Got Gears Wins

Race 2 – $101,500 Schiavello Plate – Avienus Wins

Race 3 – $101 500 Lavazza A Modo Mio – Linton Street Wins

Race 4 Results – $151,500 Listed Herald Sun Stakes – Strawberry Field Wins

Race Previews

2009 Caulfield Cup Barrier Draw Announced

Who Are the Top Contenders for Tomorrow’s Caulfield Cup?

Victoria Derby in sight for Onemorenomore

2009 Melbourne Cup Field

Eclipse Stakes Final Field & Preview

Fields & Form

Can Kelinni Win Sydney Cup 2013 for the Punters?

Moroney Gets into Queensland Derby 2013 Rhythm

Buffering Draws 7 – 2013 BTC Cup Final Field and Barrier Draw

SA Fillies Classic 2013 Field Released

13 two-year-olds in 2013 Champagne Classic Field