Those watching Gai Waterhouse’s Golden Slipper winning filly gallop at Randwick on Tuesday would have no clue she had just contested the world’s premier juveniles’ race, Overreach having come through her big Group 1 win in excellent fashion and ready to tackle the 2013 ATC Sires Produce Stakes this weekend.
The Exceed And Excel two-year-old worked the house down just three days after handing her trainer with her fifth Golden Slipper victory, Overreach looking right on track to back up in Saturday’s $500,000 Group 1 Inglis Sires Produce Stakes (1400m).
Waterhouse is confident the slight filly can handle the distance increase too, Overreach to get a gun run in the 13-horse field after drawing midfield with barrier six.
“The Golden Slipper is like a 1400m race because there is pressure on as soon as they jump,” Waterhouse said.
“If anything, there won’t be as much pressure this weekend, and it’s an easier 1400m. The dominant two-year-olds tend to dominate all the way through.”
All going to plan and Waterhouse will also take Overreach to the $400,000 Group 1 Champagne Stakes (1600m) at Royal Randwick on Sydney Cup Day, April 27, where she will be out to complete the same Autumn 3YO Triple Crown hat-trick as her star stablemate Pierro did last year.
And if any trainer knows how to train a Sydney Triple Crown winner it is Waterhouse who also prepared the other most recent champion of the three big two-year-old Group 1’s with Dance Hero in 2004.
Dance Hero and Pierro are also two of the seven Sires Produce Stakes winners Waterhouse has trained since 2000, all of which finished inside the winning Golden Slipper trifecta before their Randwick win.
One person also bullish over Overreach’s chances this weekend and on the 27th is Golden Slipper winning jockey Tommy Berry out to rack up a couple more elite levels down under before heading for an invaluable riding stint in Hong Kong at the end of the month.
“I still haven’t seen her with her ears pricked yet, and she always looks like she’s cruising to the post,” he said.
“I feel like she hasn’t knuckled down yet 100 per cent.
“She feels as strong on the line as she does at the top of the straight.”
Among Overreach’s most notable rivals in the ATC Sires Produce Stakes on Saturday are Golden Slipper fourth-placed Guelph who has barrier 13 to overcome, the fellow Waterhouse-trained Florid Affair (barrier three) and Anthony Cummings’ Magic Night Stakes winner Scandiva.
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