Adding to the celebrations in the Gai Waterhouse stables this Epsom Super Saturday her classy imported stayer Glencadam Gold retained their undefeated status in Australia handing his trainer with her incredible eighth The Metropolitan Handicap win cementing his spot in 2012 Caulfield Cup calculations.
Previously raced in the UK under the care of Sir Henry Cecil, four-year-old Refuse To Bend gelding Glencadam Gold was sourced by Waterhouse’s husband Robbie who did the form and decided they were the import to buy for a 2012 Melbourne Spring Cups campaign despite their disappointing effort last time out in England.
They are proving the right type too for both the Caulfield and Melbourne Cups going from a first-up no metro win Canterbury, to the Listed Premier’s Cup (1800m) at Rosehill, to the Group 3 Newcastle Gold Cup (2300m) and finally their hugely impressive victory in the $400,000 Group 1 The Metropolitan (2400m) today.
It is now all systems go for Glencadam Gold to the $2.65 million Group 1 The BMW Caulfield Cup (2400m) on October 20, the champ in the making sure to firm right in at the Caulfield Cup odds at bookmaker.com.au after their Metrop romp.
In a genuine staying performance Glencadam Gold, ridden by Tommy Berry who enjoyed a Group 1 double having earlier partnered with Waterhouse’s other Caulfield Cup hope Fat Al to win the Epsom Handicap, led all the way in the mile and a half classic.
The heavily backed favourite held their front position setting the pace while stablemate Reuben Percival settled into second behind them.
Taking no prisoners in The Metropolitan Berry made an excellent move with about 1400m left to travel easing back on the pace slightly to give Glencadam Gold a breather.
On the straight it was Glencadam Gold, unbeaten in Australia since arriving from overseas, all the way with Ruben Percival on the outside and the Chris Waller-trained Colin Stephen Quality winner Kelinni coming up through the centre.
With 300m left to go Glencadam Gold opened up and raced away showing a turn of foot and proving to be not just a dour stayer but one that can led them then run away from them and let down when asked.
On the line Glencadam Gold ($2.80F) had three and three quarter lengths to spare over Keillini ($7) while Waterhouse’s other runner, $61 roughie Reuben Percival was a close third just a short neck further back.
The 2012 Caulfield Cup is their certain next start, and the $6.2 million Group 1 Melbourne Cup (3200m) at Flemington on Tuesday November 6 also on the horizon, Glencadam Gold will only get better with racing.
“He’s a Caulfield Cup horse, he is now,” Berry said.
“You should have seen how he pulled up out of the race.
“He’s a top class horse.
“I’ve ridden Descarado and he won a Caulfield Cup and this one’s good too.
“I haven’t had a sprinter travel that well around the corner with me…he was just bolting.
“He’s not a champion (yet) but he is a very good horse.
“He pulled up very well.”
And from Gai – “Look out Caulfield, Melbourne Cups!”
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2012 The Metropolitan Results & Finishing Order
Royal Randwick Race 8 – 06/10/2012
|1||6||GLENCADAM GOLD (IRE)||Gai Waterhouse||Tommy Berry||–||4||53kg||$2.80F|
|2||11||KELINNI (IRE)||Chris Waller||Jim Cassidy||3.8L||7||52kg||$7|
|3||10||REUBEN PERCIVAL (NZ)||Gai Waterhouse||Ms Kathy O’Hara||4L||11||52kg||$61|
|4||9||STOUT HEARTED (USA)||Chris Waller||Glyn Schofield||6.9L||5||52kg (cd 52.5kg)||$6.50|
|5||3||LAMASERY||David Vandyke||Peter Robl||7L||1||54.5kg||$4.60|
|6||14||PEAL OF BELLS||Gwenda Markwell||Jason Collett||7.5L||12||52kg||$41|
|7||12||BUXTED (IRE)||Sam Pritchard-Gordon||Brenton Avdulla||7.6L||8||52kg||$21|
|8||8||CRAFTY IRNA||Ron Quinton||Jay Ford||7.7L||3||52kg||$26|
|9||5||THE VERMINATOR||Chris Waller||Nathan Berry||7.9L||9||53.5kg||$61|
|10||13||FICTIONAL ACCOUNT (IRE)||David Hayes||Chad Schofield (a)||8.8L||6||52kg||$31|
|11||4||PERMIT (GB)||Chris Waller||Corey Brown||10L||2||54kg||$14|
|12||7||POLISH KNIGHT (NZ)||Michael, Wayne & John Hawkes||Kerrin McEvoy||11.7L||10||53kg||$26|
|–||1||EFFICIENT (NZ)||Robert Hickmott||Hugh Bowman||–||0||–||–|
|–||2||MIDAS TOUCH (GB)||Robert Hickmott||James McDonald||–||0||–||–|