Gai Waterhouse Prepares 2011 Caulfield & Melbourne Cup Army

August 1st, 2011

Gai Waterhouse has announced her Melbourne Spring Racing Carnival team of horses that she hopes to take to the prestigious Caulfield Cup at the Caulfield Races and Melbourne Cup 2011 this year.

The trainer’s best hopes lie with Descarado, Herculian, Prince, Once Were Wild and Tullamore.

“All my group one horses will go straight to Melbourne, most of them won’t race here and the horses I’m making into that, the Reuben Percivals and those horses, will be heading for the Metropolitan [in Sydney],” Waterhouse said.

“I’ll spend quite a bit of time down there. I’ll take about 30 horses to Melbourne.”

Waterhouse believes that it is crucial for her Melbourne Cup hopes to be in Melbourne prior to the race to give them the best chance of gaining entry.

“That’s what you are training them for, they might as well be clocking up the miles on that leg as to this leg up here,” she said.

If I’m going to have a horse in the [Melbourne] Cup- (and) I think about five horses will be nominated for the Cup- they’ve got to be down there.”

Once Were Wild, who finished midfield in last year’s $6 million Melbourne Cup, finished fourth in a barrier trail last Friday at Warwick Farm.

“She’ll trial again here and then I’ll probably kick her off in Melbourne,” Waterhouse said.

“She’s already a Group 1 and Group 2 winner, I’ll concentrate on winning the Cup for (owner John Singleton) with her.”

The John Singleton-owned More Joyous is currently preparing for her spring carnival campaign.

Waterhouse is yet to decide on a first-up race for the talented mare.

“She’s been back about three weeks and she’ll trial here (in Sydney) and probably head to Melbourne at the end of the carnival.”

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