Once Were Wild to Win Sydney Cup Declares Gai

April 12, 2011

Once Were Wild to Win Sydney Cup Declares Gai

Gai Waterhouse is filled with confidence that her well-bred Johannesburg mare Once Were Wild ran the ideal Sydney Cup trial when winning the Group 2 Chairman’s Handicap (2600m) at Randwick last Saturday.

Gai Waterhouse

Gai Waterhouse is confident she can win the Sydney Cup with Once Were Wild

Four-year-old Once Were Wild outclassed a strong field of fellow stayers in the Chairman’s Handicap in a return to form for last year’s Australian Oaks champion.

Following her brilliant one and three quarter length, all-the-way victory over Anudjawun in the Chairman’s, bookmakers around the country slashed their price on Once Were Wild to win the $500,000 Group 1 Sydney Cup (3200m) on the closing day of the Sydney Autumn Carnival, Saturday April 23.

Before her last-start win, Once Were Wild sat around $9 in the ante-post Sydney Cup markets but has since firmed into the $6 second elect behind Lloyd Williams’ The BMW runner-up Mourayan.

Once Were Wild is equal fourth on the Sydney Cup ballot and is an excellent lightweight chance for the two-mile showdown with just 52.5kg.

The Sydney Cup weights, however, will be raised if current topweights Descarado (58kg), also prepared by Waterhouse, and the Anthony Cummings-trained Zavite (57.5kg) are not accepted.

The mare’s sole start over the Sydney Cup distance of 3200m was in last year’s Melbourne Cup where she finished a well-beaten 11th behind winner Americain.

The success in the Chairman’s came five runs into Once Were Wild’s preparation this year, her most recent performance going into last Saturday being a ninth place finish to Bid Spotter in the Listed NE Manion Cup (2400m).

Relishing a return to her home track at Royal Randwick, Once Were Wild outclassed them on the weekend in a promising sign for Saturday week.

“She’ll win the Sydney Cup,” Waterhouse said.

“She’s taken an age to strike form and really get fit.”

Jockey Nash Rawiller is also confident Once Were Wild is peaking at the right time to take out her second Group 1 win in the Sydney Cup.

“That (the Sydney Cup) has been the main aim the whole way,” Rawiller said.

“She should be there, better again.”

Fourth placegetter in the Chairman’s Handicap was the fellow Waterhouse-trained Older Than Time who is also off to the Sydney Cup.

Four-year-old Don Eduarado mare Older Than Time had a horror barrier 13 draw in the Chairman’s and did well to finish two and a half lengths away fourth behind their stablemate.

Sitting equal 18th on the Sydney Cup order of entry, Older Than Time is allocated the minimum 51kg handicap and is a $21 outsider in the markets.

Chairman’s Handicap runner-up Anudjawun is unlikely to make the Sydney Cup field well down the ballot in equal 67th, but third-placegetter C’est La Guerre will line-up according to connections.

The Chairman’s Handicap has been an excellent guide to the Sydney Cup in recent years.

Last year the John O’Shea-trained Zabeel mare Jessicabeel won the Chairman’s Handicap / Sydney Cup double as did No Wine No Song in 2008.

Acceptances for the 2011 Schweppes Sydney Cup field will be taken on Wednesday April 20 and published here first at Races.com.au.

Racing fields and data are copyright 2011-2021 © Racing Australia Pty Ltd (RA) (and other parties working with it).
Racing materials, including fields, form and results, is subject to copyright which is owned by RA and other parties working with it. Full copyright notice.

Spring Racing

Lost And Running Heads 2021 Th...

Mackinnon Stakes 2021 Results:...

Mackinnon Stakes 2021 Results: Zaaki Wins Consolation Prize

Annabel Neasham‘s scratched Cox Plate favourite Zaaki returned to...

2021 Darley Sprint Classic Res...

2021 Darley Sprint Classic Results: Everest Champion Nature Strip Wins Again

Nature Strip had been beaten as an odds-on favourite five times previously but...

2021 Mackinnon Stakes Day: Fle...

2021 Mackinnon Stakes Day: Flemington Scratchings & Track Report

The final day of the Melbourne Cup Carnival takes place at Headquarters in...

2021 Kennedy Oaks Results: Wil...

2021 Kennedy Oaks Results: Willowy Wins for Godolphin

The James Cummings-trained Willowy donning the iconic Royal Blue of Godolphin...

Horse Racing Today

Winx Guineas 2022 Results: Maj...

2022 Tattersall’s Tiara ...

2022 Tattersall’s Tiara Results: Filly Startantes Powers Through To Win

Rob Heathcote’s special little filly Startantes was enormous late, breaking a...

2022 Tattersall’s Tiara ...

2022 Tattersall’s Tiara Day: Eagle Farm Scratchings & Track Report

The Queensland Winter Racing Carnival comes to a close today, Saturday June...

2022 JJ Atkins Winner Is Sheez...

2022 JJ Atkins Winner Is Sheeza Belter For Team Snowden

Peter & Paul Snowden added to their impressive Group 1 tally this Brisbane...

2022 The Q22 Results: Numerian...

2022 The Q22 Results: Numerian Goes All-The-Way For Neasham

In a huge performance the front-running Numerian lead from barrier to box to...

Race Results

Winx Guineas 2022 Results: Majestic Colour Wins Fourth Straight

Caloundra Cup 2022 Results: Le Don De Vie Too Good

2022 Tattersall’s Tiara Results: Filly Startantes Powers Through To Win

2022 JJ Atkins Winner Is Sheeza Belter For Team Snowden

2022 The Q22 Results: Numerian Goes All-The-Way For Neasham

Race Previews

Mileva Heads 2022 Bletchingly Stakes Field & Betting Markets

Dr Drill Leads 2022 Grafton Cup Field & Betting Markets

2022 Sir John Monash Stakes Field & Betting Update: Oxley Road First-Up Favourite

2022 Caloundra Cup Field & Betting Update

Battleton Tops 2022 Winx Guineas Field & Betting Markets

Fields & Form

Mileva Heads 2022 Bletchingly Stakes Field & Betting Markets

Dr Drill Leads 2022 Grafton Cup Field & Betting Markets

2022 Sir John Monash Stakes Field & Betting Update: Oxley Road First-Up Favourite

2022 Caloundra Cup Field & Betting Update

Battleton Tops 2022 Winx Guineas Field & Betting Markets