Gai Waterhouse will saddle two mares in the Group 3 Triscay Stakes (1200m), running at Royal Randwick Racecourse this Saturday, in a total field of 12.
Waterhouse’s top chance at winning the $150,000 race is with Cosmic Endeavour, which is the $2.60 firm favourite in the Ladbrokes.com.au betting markets.
The four-year-old mare hasn’t been seen since June last year, enjoying a much-needed spell after running straight through the autumn and winter carnivals. She really came into her own on her trip to Brisbane during the winter, winning the Group 2 Ripper Stakes (1400m) and Group 1 Tattersall’s Tiara (1400m).
Cosmic Endeavour will be stuck carrying the top weight of 60kg in the 2015 Triscay Stakes, which is five kilograms heavier than her nearest rival Thump – the only other runner carrying more than the 54kg minimum weight.
Waterhouse remains confident in her chances however.
“Cosmic Endeavour is quite a remarkable daughter of Northern Meteor,” the trainer told Racing Ahead on Friday morning.
“She has literally beaten the boys and now she’s here against the mares.
“Yes, she’s carry a bit of pudding but she’s a big, strong mare.
“I couldn’t be happier with her. She’s bonny, absolutely bonny.”
The leading trainer will also line-up Forever Loved in the Triscay Stakes, who’ll enjoy an inside jump from barrier two with Kerrin McEvoy to ride.
The four-year-old mare had a rather disappointing spring season, finishing end of the field in three of her five starts. The only bright spot on her record was winning the Group 2 Blazer Stakes (1400m) on October 4.
Forever Loved is a $9 shot in the betting, with Waterhouse favouring Cosmic Endeavour of the two.
“The other one in the race, I’m extremely happy with her also but you’d have to think Cosmic Endeavour would be in front of Forever Loved,” she said.
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