Gai Waterhouse will have the chance to win a double at Royal Randwick Racecourse on Saturday with both Spurtonic and Danas Best set to contest black-type races.
Five-year-old Spurtonic will run in the Listed Carrington Stakes (1400m) while Danas Best will tackle the Listed Australia Day Cup (2400m).
Waterhouse has taken an unusually soft approach on the two horses, which has proved fortuitist for the trainer.
While both found success in the 2013 season, their careers stalled last year. Spurtonic won the Group 3 David Jones Cup (2000m) in October that year and just missed out on a placing in the Group 1 Epsom Handicap (1600m). However on his return in the autumn, he delivered a disappointing last place run in the Group 3 Liverpool City Cup (1300m).
Danas Best won three consecutive Benchmark races the same year but was outclassed in both the Group 3 Newcastle Gold Cup (2300m) and Group 1 Metropolitan (2400m).
However instead of taking a hard-hitting stance, Waterhouse chose to focus on rebuilding their form, giving the pair 15 barrier trials in the past year.
Her patience paid off with Spurtonic on January 10 when the five-year-old gelding won the Magic Millions Cup (1400m). The gelding was a $12 shot in the $400,000 race considering his sparse race record for the previous year.
Danas Best also travelled to the Gold Coast for the Magic Millions Race Day, missing out on a placing in the Magic Millions Stayers Cup (1800m) by just a nose.
“They’ve come back super,” Waterhouse told Sky Racing.
“Going to Queensland has just consolidated them, their physique, their coat, everything. I think Spurtonic can win again there (on Saturday).
“And Danas Best has got his foot on the till, he’s well and truly ready for it.”
Spurtonic is offering odds of $5.50 in the Carrington Stakes betting market at Ladbrokes.com.au. The gelding will jump from barrier 11 with Blake Shinn to ride.
Danas Best is the $4.20 favourite to win the 2015 Australia Day Cup.
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