Gai: My colt will strike with death adder speed
GAI Waterhouse has a unique take on Siege Of Quebec's finishing sprint, describing it as a "death adder-like" burst.
The Hall of Fame trainer's analogy ensures her colt's attempt to win the Group 3 $150,000 Eskimo Prince Stakes (1200m) at Warwick Farm on Saturday will make for compelling viewing.
The death adder reputedly delivers the fastest strike of all venomous snakes and Siege Of Quebec will need to produce a very swift finish of his own to beat a crack field of three-year-old sprinters.
Siege Of Quebec has won three of his four starts but his recent Rosehill success was a paradox - he looked to be losing ground and struggling on the turn before unleashing his powerful late burst to win impressively.
"I've watched that race a few times and I feel he took a stride or two to get into his rhythm from the turn,'' Waterhouse said.
"But once he balances up he has this devastating finish - I call it his 'death adder-like' burst. When he sees his opponent he has this remarkable will-to-win and does what he needs to do to win.''
Waterhouse conceded the Warwick Farm 1200m is not ideal for Siege Of Quebec but she still believes her exciting three-year-old can win again.
"I would have loved this race to be over 1300m or 1400m at Randwick rather than Warwick Farm,'' she said.
"I don't think the track and distance will particularly suit him but his class and determination will carry him a long way.''
Waterhouse, who co-trains with Adrian Bott, has a strong stable presence at the feature Warwick Farm meeting including Make 'Em Cry in the Listed $125,000 Lonhro Plate (1100m).
Make 'Em Cry had been unplaced in five successive barrier trials before making his debut at Kembla Grange, scoring an impressive all-the-way win.
"I wasn't worried about his trial form because this colt is a racehorse and when raceday appears, he rolls up the sleeves and gets on with the job,'' Waterhouse said.
"He is a very handsome colt and would win the paddock award but he can run, too.
"He has very good gate speed which he sustained at Kembla. I loved the way he found another gear when they came at him.
"The only reason he ran about a bit in the straight because he got out towards the centre of the straight was a bit lost as he broke clear from the other horses.''
Waterhouse said the barrier draw which has Make 'Em Cry starting from gate one is advantageous for her colt.
"He has the rail to follow and that is important for young horses,'' she said.
Prompt Response resumes in the Group 2 $200,000 Breeders Classic (1200m) with Waterhouse upbeat about the mare's chances of finally breaking her first-up hoodoo - she has been placed twice in five previous comeback races.
"She has had a couple of very nice trials and is a 'happy' mare,'' Waterhouse said. "This is a race she will be very competitive in.''
The champion trainer is confident Supply And Demand can shoulder his 61kg and prove hard to beat in the Bowness Stud Mile (1600m).
"Supply And Demand is a warrior,'' Waterhouse said. "He has been in training for a long time but he is thriving.''
The Waterhouse and Bott-trained Multitude also looks a winning chance in the Davali Thoroughbreds Cup (2400m).
Waterhouse is also chasing feature race success interstate on Sunday with tough stayer Dee I Cee in the Group 3 $250,000 Hobart Cup (2400m) and juvenile filly Call Me Royal in the Listed $100,000 Elwick Stakes (1100m).
"I've got the Melbourne Cup-winning jockey Corey Brown riding Dee I Cee,'' Waterhouse said. "He is a fit racehorse and whatever beats him will win.
"Call Me Royal ran very well at her first start at Hobart and she has improved so much since that run.''