Society set poised for Caulfield playground as Gai Waterhouse pursues the major Cups   Leave a comment

Society set poised for Caulfield playground as Gai Waterhouse pursues the major Cups

Café Society was bought from the same sale as Doomben Cup winner Pornichet but unlike his companion, Café Society has taken time to adjust to Australian conditions.

The Gap Waterhouse-trained Cafe Society was bought from the same sale as Doomben Cup winn

The Gap Waterhouse-trained Cafe Society was bought from the same sale as Doomben Cup winner Pornichet. Picture: Colleen Petch Source: News Corp Australia

GAI Waterhouse’s import Café Society makes his long-awaited Australian debut at Rosehill on Saturday and the Hall Of Fame trainer is eyeing off the Caulfield Cup in the spring.

Café Society was bought from the same sale as Doomben Cup winner Pornichet but unlike his companion, Café Society has taken time to adjust to Australian conditions.

Both horses were purchased with one thing in mind — winning another Melbourne Cup after Waterhouse successfully bought Fiorente out here to win our most coveted race in 2013.

Café Society was third behind Contributer at the Royal Ascot carnival last year.

Contributer has since joined the Godolphin stables of John O’Shea and been successful twice at Group I level during the recent Sydney autumn carnival.

“He’s got some healthy formlines,” Waterhouse’s right-hand man Mark Newnham said.

“And he’s a very nice horse that I’m sure will measure up in some good races during the spring.”

The Gap Waterhouse-trained Cafe Society gives trackwork jockey Rachel King a kiss during

The Gap Waterhouse-trained Cafe Society gives trackwork jockey Rachel King a kiss during last year’s spring carnival. Picture: Colleen Petch Source: News Corp Australia

For now Café Society will have to contend with Saturday’s Natski Handicap (1500m), a race named after the runner-up of the 1988 Melbourne Cup.

“Well we’re hoping he can go one better than that,” Newnham said.

“I think a race like the Caulfield Cup might be suitable. He’s a fast stayer and they seem to be well suited in a race like the Caulfield Cup.

“Obviously if he went well there he’d go to the Melbourne Cup. He’s got the right turn of foot to win a Melbourne Cup.”

It’s unusual to see a Caulfield/Melbourne Cup aspirant resuming at the end of June but Newnham says it won’t faze the son of Motivator.

Big plans: Trainer Gai Waterhouse.

Big plans: Trainer Gai Waterhouse. Source: News Corp Australia

“He took a bit longer to come up but it’s also too far to just keep him idling,” he said.

“We’ll give him this run and then two weeks in the paddock before revving him back up for the spring.

“He’ll carry residual fitness and Gai likes to take these Europeans along a bit slower.”

As for Pornichet, the hulking entire is back in work at Tulloch Lodge after two weeks in the paddock following his brilliant victory in the Doomben Cup.

“He looks well but he always does,” Newnham said.

“The Cox Plate is the obvious target for him and we’ll know where he’s at when he tackles the weight-for-age races leading up to it.”

Pornichet’s steady improvement throughout his campaign during the autumn provided confidence to the stable they’ve got it right with these imports.

“Gai’s won a Melbourne Cup, Metropolitan Handicap and Doomben Cup with imported horses yet we’re still learning,” he said.

“But I reckon the systems we have in place are certainly effective. Let’s hope this bloke can get the job done Saturday and we can turn him out with big spring aspirations.”

Newnham gave punters his top two choices out of the Waterhouse stable for this year’s Melbourne Cup.

“Café Society on top from The Offer, who I know looked disappointing on Saturday at the Gold Coast but he was first-up off a decent break and hasn’t won below 2400m in Australia,” he said.

Originally published as Society set poised for Caulfield playground

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Posted June 24, 2015 by belesprit09 in Uncategorized

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