Gai Waterhouse gelding Western Symbol has continued an excellent run of form, taking out the $100,000 Listed 2012 JRA Plate (2000m) at Royal Randwick Racecourse today.
It marks the fourth straight victory for the five-year-old, who finished strongly ahead of fellow Waterhouse horse Herculian Prince.
Regular Waterhouse jockey Tommy Berry was in the saddle for the stayer’s race and he rode Western Symbol perfectly, sitting just behind the leaders before peeling down the outside at the final bend.
He then had enough speed to finish handsomely and was simply too good for the Nash Rawiller-ridden Herculian Prince who tried gallantly.
Berry said he was the best horse in the race and had the potential to win by a larger distance than the head he did.
“This horse he’s funny, he was going to win by a couple of lengths but he only likes to win by a short margin,” Berry said.
“He’s tough and he’s a progressive stayer.
Waterhouse praised both Western Symbol and Herculian Prince after the race, saying they are both tough horses.
“Both very very good horses, both ex Kiwis,” she said.
Waterhouse likened Western Symbol to fellow Waterhouse New Zealand stayer Tullamore and suggested he may be targeted for the Caulfield Cup after the Brisbane Carnival.
Western Symbol now has six wins from 14 starts, with today’s victory coming on the back of a Group 3 HKJC Stakes win over Southern Skye on April 7.
New Zealand horses filled the top three spots with Jim Conlan-trained gelding Larry’s Never Late running solidly to take third place.
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