Waterhouse Hoping To Two Runners In Cox Plate Field

October 20th, 2014

Leading Sydney trainer Gai Waterhouse is hoping that both Almalad and Wandjina will be included in the 2014 Cox Plate field that will be released tomorrow.

Almalad is set to be joined in the 2014 Cox Plate field by stablemate Wandjina. Photo by: Race Horse Photos Australia

Almalad is set to be joined in the 2014 Cox Plate field by stablemate Wandjina. Photo by: Race Horse Photos Australia

Connections of Wandjina have paid the late-entry fee of $130,000 to include Wandjina in the acceptances for the Group 1 Cox Plate (2040m), but there are no guarantees that the Moonee Valley Racing Club will accept the entry of the Snitzel colt.

Wandjina finished third in the Group 1 Caulfield Guineas (1600m) at Caulfield on October 11, just like last year’s Cox Plate winner Shamus Award, but unlike Shamus Award, Wandjina has previously recorded a race win.

Waterhouse told TVN that Wandjina was deserving of a place in the 2014 Cox Plate field and said that the three-year-old is capable of producing a surprise in the Group 1 event at Moonee Valley on Saturday.

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“He (Wandjina) has got to get in,” Waterhouse said.

“The owners have paid the late-entry fee of $130,000 and if he gets in he’ll give everyone a real surprise.

“Look at last year, Shamus Award was a maiden and the form of Wandjina has been outstanding.

“He is not a blow-in; he ran third in the (Caulfield) Guineas and he should be there.

“He’s as tough as teak, he ran three weeks in a row.

“I’m really surprised how well Wandjina came out of the Guineas, he just copped it on the chin.”

Almalad is assured of a start in the Cox Plate field because of his wins in the Group 1 J.J. Atkins (1600m) at Eagle Farm during the 2014 Brisbane Winter Racing Carnival and the Group 2 Stutt Stakes (1600m) at Moonee Valley on September 26 and Waterhouse is hoping that the Al Maher gelding can return to his best form after finishing a disappointing eighth in the Caulfield Guineas.

“I can’t fault the other horse,” Waterhouse said.

“What’s he done wrong? Nothing, he went mad on him that day in the Guineas.

“Almalad is such a consistent horse.

“I worked the pair of them yesterday and I could not be happier with how they worked.”

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