Gai Waterhouse buys into Japanese stamina   Leave a comment

Gai Waterhouse buys into Japanese stamina

It is a bold and innovative move by Waterhouse to tap into Japanese market as their stayers have emerged as dominant on the world stage.

Gai Waterhouse is tapping into the Japanese yearling market. Picture: Brett Costello

Gai Waterhouse is tapping into the Japanese yearling market. Picture: Brett Costello Source: News Corp Australia

GAI Waterhouse has launched a million-dollar raid on a Japanese yearling sale that could have Melbourne Cup ramifications.

Waterhouse bought five weanlings, at an average of $250,000, and a $110,000 yearling colt at the Japan Racing Horse Association sales this week at Hokkaido.

Delta Blues and Pop Rock ran the quinella in the 2006 Melbourne Cup and Admire Rakti hauled 58kg to a barnstorming victory in last year’s Caulfield Cup.

It has not been considered viable to buy tried horses out of Japan because of the huge prizemoney on offer there inflating prices.

“We have purchased Japanese-bred progeny oozing quality and by sires that performed phenomenally at Group 1 middle distance races,” Waterhouse tweeted.

Japanese stayers Delta Blues, right, and Pop Rock ran the quinella in the 2006 Melbourne

Japanese stayers Delta Blues, right, and Pop Rock ran the quinella in the 2006 Melbourne Cup. Source: News Limited

Her racing manager, Adrian Bott, said it had been a long-term goal of the stable to buy into Japanese bloodlines and stallions such as Japanese triple crown winner Orfevre.

Among her buys was a $110,000 colt by Prix de l’Arc de Triomphe winner Bago that she bought with New Zealand trainer Paul Moroney.

Bott said Waterhouse would leave the six horses in Japan to mature and start their careers on Japanese tracks before bringing them out for an assault on Australia’s premier staying races.

Racing Victoria chief handicapper Greg Carpenter said Australian trainers would be paying close attention to the Waterhouse experiment.

“They are certainly challenging Europe as the producers of the leading stayers in the world,” Carpenter said. “If successful, we are very fashion driven, it could lead to other people considering a similar exercise.

“But I think other people will see where this leads before they jump in boots and all.”

Japan’s Admire Rakti blew away the field in the last year’s Caulfield Cup. Picture: Wayne

Japan’s Admire Rakti blew away the field in the last year’s Caulfield Cup. Picture: Wayne Ludbey Source: News Corp Australia

While the Japanese project is allowed to play out over the next two years, Waterhouse will have a strong stable of European imports to unleash in coming months.

She became the second female trainer to win the Melbourne Cup in 2013 with striking Irish-bred horse Fiorente, and Bott expects her Group 1 Doomben Cup winner Pornichet and the lightly raced Excess Knowledge to make their presence felt this spring.

He said recent UK arrivals Zee Zeely and King Kinshasa would have their first trial tomorrow but probably needed 12 months to fully adjust, while French buy High Dynamite will arrive in a month and could race at the back end of carnival.

Home-bred colt and Golden Slipper winner Vancouver was still early in his preparation and could be aimed at a heady Group 1 trifecta of the Golden Rose, Caulfield Guineas and Cox Plate.

Originally published as Gai buys into Japanese stamina

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Posted July 16, 2015 by belesprit09 in Uncategorized

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