Pandemonium on 2017 Flight Stakes Path

Sydney’s Gai Waterhouse is gearing up for a shot at a 10th Flight Stakes success in 2017 with her progressive filly Pandemonium who lines-up at Warwick Farm this Wednesday.

Trainer Gai Waterhouse is confident that Pandemonium will progress into a genuine Flight Stakes filly this season. Photo: Daniel Costello

Trainer Gai Waterhouse is confident that Pandemonium will progress into a genuine Flight Stakes filly this season. Photo: Daniel Costello

Waterhouse is a master trainer of Flight Stakes winners having enjoyed nine wins in the Sydney Spring Racing Carnival feature to date.

Among her trophies in the mile classic at Royal Randwick are those from 2015 with Speak Fondly and last year’s when successful with Global Glamour in 2016.

This season Waterhouse, who trains in partnership with her former racing manager Adrian Bott, is looking towards the Group 1 $500,000 Flight Stakes (1600m) on September 30 with Sebring filly Pandemonium.

The three-year-old has had five starts to date including a break through win last time out over 1400m at Kembla Grange.

With form around Blue Diamond Stakes winner Catchy from the autumn, Pandemonium broke her maiden status with an eye-catching three and a quarter length victory, an effort Waterhouse is hoping she can repeat with her mid-week test on Wednesday.

“She’ll bolt in,” Waterhouse told Racing NSW on Monday.

The filly is accepted for the card opener at Warwick Farm, getting an apprentice claim from Rachael King to carry just 50kg in the $40,000 BenchMark 70 Handicap for three-year-olds over the mile.

It will be her first test over further than 1400m and a nice earlier indicator as to her chances in the Flight Stakes on Epsom Handicap Day at the end of next month.

“I think she’s a real Flight Stakes horse,” Waterhouse said of the $300,000 Magic Millions 2016 Gold Coast Yearling.

“I’ve thought that all along.

“From the moment I saw her at Magic Millions I’ve been in love with her.

“She is so honest, very talented and really exciting.”

Lindsay Park stablemates Catchy and Tulip currently lead all-in Flight Stakes betting at bookmakers around the country.

Pandemonium is also one of the key early fancies in the futures Flight Stakes odds quoted at around $13 to continue Waterhouse’s outstanding record in the race.

The 2017 Flight Stakes nominations close on September 25.

Waterhouse also watched 2017 The Everest hope English trial at Randwick on Monday, the mare running fourth behind Redzel over 1045m in a star-studded heat.

“It’s a big unusual starting over 1045m, her first trial is usually around 740m, but Adrian and I wanted her to get into a nice rhythm,” Waterhouse said of the 11-time Group 1 performer.

“She’s much more mature, she has a lovely can-do attitude, which is what you want to see, and she pulled up beautifully.”

The five-year-old daughter of Encosta De Lago hasn’t raced since a sixth behind Secret Agenda on May 6 at Morphettville in the Group 1 Robert Sangster Stakes (1200m).

English’s last turf triumph was at Randwick back in early March where she thrived on a Heavy (10) track to take out the Group 2 $500,000 Challenge Stakes (1000m).

Futures markets on the Restricted $10 million The Everest (1200m), running for the first time at Randwick on October 14, have English at $11 with betting led by the Team Hawkes-trained star Chautauqua ($4.60).

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