Gai Waterhouse sets out England campaign for Wandjina   Leave a comment

Gai Waterhouse sets out England campaign for Wandjina

Wandjina, centre, is narrowly beaten by Dissident in the All Aged Stakes.

Wandjina, centre, is narrowly beaten by Dissident in the All Aged Stakes. Source: Getty Images

After Wandjina’s narrow defeat in the All-Aged Stakes by leading Horse of the Year candidate Dissident, trainer Gai Waterhouse said the world was his oyster.

Waterhouse elaborated yesterday, signalling the three-year-old would campaign in England in June at Royal Ascot.

The Australian Guineas winner, who has come of age this campaign, will target the Group I Diamond Jubilee Stakes over six furlongs (1200m) with Newmarket Handicap winner Brazen Beau.

The colts will be able to compete in the $1 million leg of the Global Sprint Challenge on June 20 on a technicality whereas northern hemisphere three-year-olds have been prevented from nominating.

The Diamond Jubilee is restricted to four-year-olds and older because a new Group I sprint has been programmed for three-year-olds only.

Southern hemisphere three-year-olds are assessed as four-year-olds, even though that birthday is six weeks after the race.

First prize is $572,500, though victory would add to the stud value of either colt, opening the door to shuttling between hemispheres. Waterhouse will consider whether Wandjina is freshened and tackles the Diamond Jubilee first-up. Another consideration is to send him to Brisbane for a lead-up race.

Melbourne mare Shamal Wind is being prepared for the $721,000 King’s Stand Stakes over five furlongs (1000m) on June 16, the opening day of the meeting.

Criterion may tackle the Queen Anne Stakes over the straight mile (1600m). A decision on that will be made after he contests the QE II Cup (2000m) at Sha Tin on Sunday.

Winner of the Queen Elizabeth Stakes at Randwick nine days ago from Red Cadeaux, Criterion arrived in Hong Kong early last week and hasn’t missed a beat, according to the Lindsay Park stable.

The four-year-old dropped 8kg in fluid on the flight over, but quickly put that back on.

David Hayes, who co-trains Criterion with his nephew Tom Dabernig, will arrive in Hong Kong tomorrow and be at Sha Tin for the horse’s fast work on Wednesday morning.

Jockey Craig Williams will fly out of Melbourne on Saturday night after riding at Flemington on Anzac Day’s St Leger card to partner Criterion. Red Cadeaux is making his fourth visit to Hong Kong.

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Posted April 20, 2015 by belesprit09 in Uncategorized

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