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Five-time Golden Slipper winning trainer Gai Waterhouse will accept for as many as four two-year-olds from her Tulloch Lodge stables in the 2013 ATC Sires’ Produce Stakes at Royal Randwick this Saturday, most notably her latest Slipper champion Overreach.
Waterhouse celebrated a win in the $500,000 Group 1 ATC Sires’ Produce Stakes (1400m) on Australian Derby Day 12 months ago when her star Lonhro colt Pierro completed the Golden Slipper – Sires Produce Stakes double before adding the third autumn 2YO triple crown race to his record in the Champagne Stakes on Sydney Cup Day.
This year she scored successive Golden Slippers thanks to a runaway performance from her class daughter of Exceed And Excel Overreach who is undefeated this time in.
The gun two-year-old will now look to emulate her famous older stablemate in also taking out the ATC Sires’ Produce Stakes, Overreach having pulled up ace after her big effort on a Slow (7) to win the Golden Slipper.
“Overreach is only quite a fine filly but she has come through extremely well and I’ll be accepting with her in the Sires,” Waterhouse confirmed on Tuesday.
On Saturday Overreach will again be ridden by her Golden Slipper winning jockey Tommy Berry who is Hong Kong-bound at the end of the carnival, the 21-year-old thrilled to be aboard her for the fourth time.
“The filly has been so great to me and hopefully she will come out and do what she usually does and win,” he said.
“If she goes to the Champagne (Stakes) on April 27, it would be a great way to finish my time in Sydney by riding her.”
While Overreach is set to jump the odds-on favourite in the ATC Sires Produce Stakes odds this year she won’t be the only representative in the juveniles’ classic for Waterhouse.
Waterhouse is also likely to accept for a trio of other hopefuls with Florid Affair, Shahad and the roughie pick of her pack Major Conquest.
Sebring filly Florid Affair has had two runs, both at Warwick Farm, most recently posting an impressive four and a half length victory over 1250m on a Slow (6) track last week.
Another female, Fastnet Rock two-year-old Shahad, also comes off a nice last start performance having come within a short half-head of Scandiva in the Group 2 Magic Night Stakes (1200m) from a wide barrier 11 (of 13) draw at Rosehill on March 30.
More Than Ready filly Major Conquest also comes via the Magic Night Stakes having run a close third when just over half a length off the winner as a $20 outsider.
“(I’ll do) what I have done with the other horses I have won the Triple Crown with, I let them shoot the breeze,” Waterhouse said.
“They have done everything they can on the track and I just make sure they are happy and eating and drinking.”
Other notable ATC Sires Produce Stakes hopefuls aside from Overreach include the Peter Snowden-trained Slipper fourth-placed Guelph, Danehill Dancer colt Drago, the Gerald Ryan-trained Charlie Boy and the currently non-nominated Villa Verde.
The official final field for all the Derby Day races, including ATC Sires Produce Stakes 2013 acceptances, are due for release on Wednesday and will be published right here at Races.com.au.
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