Gai Waterhouse has already set her sights on the Crown Oaks 2015 next Melbourne Cup Carnival with her unraced filly Right Of Way who debuts in Sydney on Saturday.
Sydney’s leading lady of racing has big plans for the three-year-old season of the current juvenile naming the $1 million Group 1 VRC Crown Oaks (2500m) at Flemington Racecourse in the first week of November next year as the long term goal for Right Of Way.
The nicely-bred daughter of Denman from High Yield mare Street Sign was a must-purchase Magic Millions find for Waterhouse who had her eye on her right from the start of the January sale, and shares some of the same connections as Waterhouse’s 2013 Melbourne Cup winner Fiorente.
She gets her first chance to prove the high opinion of her trainer correct on Saturday at Rosehill Gardens when she shrugs off her debutant status in the opening race on the card – the $85,000 Cellarbrations Appin Plate (1100m).
Watehouse’s confidence is sky high too after a sharp piece of work from the filly at Randwick this week.
“She’s a tall, leggy filly and this time next year she’ll be running in the (VRC) Oaks,” Waterhouse told Racenet.
“She’s by Denman but the way she looks and moves says she’ll be best suited over much further than what she’ll run over this weekend.
“But off what we saw in her final piece of trackwork, she’s ready to win first-up and often these classic horses that show potential in their juvenile season, end up being the top grade horses.”
In the small field of six two-year-olds, two of which have had a previous run, Tommy Berry will ride Right Of Way from the outside barrier.
She comes into the race off a winning 740m barrier trial at Randwick from October 31 where Tim Clark guided her to a half-length success in a time of 44.20 seconds, Waterhouse expecting improvement over the increased distance on the weekend.
“The distance on Saturday will be much more to her liking,” she said.
“She left her partner lengths behind in her gallop and she’s a horse we’ve been very keen on for some time.
“But that’s what happens you see something in these young horses and then you watch them develop into the horses people talk about.”
The only runners with a previous start to their name in the race meanwhile are the David Payne-trained Charge Forward colt Zulu Royal who ran second to single Gaze over the track and distance on November 1 and Bede Murray’s Beneteau colt Swift Reply who ran fourth over 1000m at Randwick on October 18.
While the Crown Oaks and next year’s Melbourne Spring Racing Carnival is 12 months away, there are plenty of feature races in between for Waterhouse to target with Right Of Way.
This year’s Crown Oaks winner was the Ciaron Maher-trained Set Square who won the race four runs into her career off the back of two earlier wins for the season.
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