Gai Waterhouse’s decision to nominate the unraced Just the Tonic for the Group One Caulfield Guineas now appears to be a master stroke after the son of Redoute’s Choice won easily on debut at Canterbury.
Waterhouse has been quick to talk up the gelding that she purchased for $400,000 as yearling, and after his impressive display today it seems as if the hype may have been justified.
Just the Tonic, who raced in the same colours as Caulfield Cup winner Descarado, was never really troubled in the run and led the field through the race before he bounded away at the top of the home straight to win by an impressive 2.8 lengths. Isle be Ready ran second, while The Firehouse was third.
“I like the fact that when the other horse came to him about a furlong and a half out, Nash gave him a little slap and he found the line really well. That is the sign of a very good horse,” Waterhouse said.
“We have always had a good opinion of him and today confirmed that.”
Just the Tonic had produced to nice trials prior to his debut and that was enough for him to be sent out as an odds on favourite, and jockey Nash Rawiller didn’t disappoint, timing his ride to perfection.
“He is a lovely horse,” Rawiller said.
“Since I trialled him he has really blossomed in his coat and he is a very nice horse of the future I think.
“I pushed him through to the lead throughout which probably isn’t ideal for the horse but on this track and for what we were here to do today it was the only thing I could do.”
Waterhouse will now target the horse at either the San Domineco Stakes at Rosehill over 1200m, or if she decides that the horse needs more of a break it is likely he will step out at Warwick Farm the week after the in either the Silver Shadow or the Up and Coming Stakes.
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