Gai Waterhouse and John Singleton have found a smart one in Strawberry Boy
- by:Ray Thomas
- From:The Daily Telegraph
- August 25, 2012 9:17pm
Something special: Strawberry Boy streaks his rivals at Warwick Farm yesterday. Picture: Damian ShawSource: The Daily Telegraph
STRAWBERRY Boy – remember the name because a star was born at Warwick Farm yesterday.
Trainer Gai Waterhouse declared Strawberry Boy the most exciting horse in her stable, while jockey Corey Brown is desperate to retain the ride on the gelding after his effortless win in the Carnes Hill Marketplace Handicap (1300m).
Strawberry Boy, raced by John Singleton, was backed from $3.10 to $2.60 favouritism and could not have been more impressive coasting home more than two lengths clear of Keith’s Legacy ($9), with Snitsky ($11) a long neck away in third.
“John (Singleton) actually asked me whether he should back Strawberry Boy today,” Waterhouse said.
“I said ‘yes’. I’d like to get him to the Caulfield Cup.”
Strawberry Boy showed promise last season, winning his first two starts before finishing unplaced in the Tulloch Stakes.
During his winter break, Strawberry Boy was gelded – a decision Waterhouse described as “controversial”.
“John didn’t want to have him gelded, but I said if you want a racehorse then this has to be done,” she said.
“There was plenty of discussion about having the operation – it was like gelding John!”
Brown has a great strike-rate when he rides for Singleton and he is hoping to stay on Strawberry Boy’s back.
“I’m hoping he keeps getting a weight that makes it impossible for Nash (Rawiller) to ride him,” Brown said.
“He’s the most promising young horse I’ve ridden for a long time.”
Waterhouse put blinkers on Strawberry Boy for his comeback race yesterday and the four-year-old sprinted brilliantly to win with ease.
“Strawberry Boy’s the most exciting horse; he could do anything, go anywhere,” Waterhouse said.
Brown said he had watched replays of Strawberry Boy’s first three starts last autumn and went to Warwick Farm yesterday confident the gelding would prove hard to beat.
“I wasn’t surprised he won but I was surprised with how easily he won,” he said.
“He’s obviously got loads of ability. I thought his win at Hawkesbury was sensational.
“I know he didn’t beat much but it was the way he did it that day.
“He really impressed me today. There is obviously a lot of improvement in him and I’m sure he will get better over more ground.”