After declaring herself the ‘Cups Queen’ after taking out another feature over the weekend, Hall of Fame trainer Gai Waterhouse announced plans to target the Australian Cup 2014 with her Melbourne Cup winner Fiorente next autumn.
The leading Sydney trainer has enjoyed a stellar cups run over the spring and now into the summer headlined of course by Fiorente’s Melbourne Cup victory, Waterhouse’s first in the ‘race that stops a nation’, at the start of November.
She went on to take out the Ballarat Cup with The Offer and then added to her cups tally on Saturday at Rosehill with favourite Travolta saluting in the Listed ATC Cup (2000m).
Post-win on the weekend Waterhouse was asked about the future plans for her Melbourne Cup winning Monsun stallion Fiorente.
It’s a big Melbourne Festival of Racing and Sydney Autumn Racing Carnival campaign in the works for the six-year-old too, although Waterhouse isn’t rushing them just yet.
“He will still have another couple of weeks break but he is a ‘happy chappy’ right now,” she told The Herald Sun on Saturday.
Their first major target upon their new season return will however likely be the lucrative $1 million Group 1 Darley Australian Cup (2000m) at Flemington, where they took out the world’s richest handicap, on March 8.
“We haven’t finalized plans yet but I would say he will go back to Melbourne for the Australian Cup in March,” Waterhouse said.
“I am keen to have a Victorian campaign first (before heading to Sydney).”
It’s shaping up as a stellar 2014 Australian Cup line-up too with other notable hopes including the Peter Moody-trained French import Kesampour, Victoria Derby winner Polanski and Anthony Cummings’ multiple Group 1 champ Fiveandahalfstar.
After their Victorian target, Waterhouse is then likely to head back home to Sydney with Fiorente for the autumn majors there.
Among their likely goals are $2.25 million Group 1 The BMW (2400m) at Rosehill Gardens on April 5 as a lead-up to the now $4 million Group 1 Queen Elizabeth Stakes (2000m) at Randwick on April 19.
“We’ll have everything mapped out in the next couple of weeks,” she said.
The long term agenda could then include a possible overseas campaign for the current $5.37 million earner with Royal Ascot 2014 in June looking a nice goal.
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