Swift Princess can continue the Gai Waterhouse and Adrian Bott stable’s dominance of the $200,000 Magic Millions Wyong 2YO Classic (1100m) on Wednesday.
Waterhouse and Bott are chasing their third successive win in the feature Wyong juvenile race after the successes of Farnan (2019) and Unite And Conquer (2018).
Farnan trained on to win the Golden Slipper and earn champion two-year-old honours last season.
Hall of Famer Waterhouse, who has been training in partnership with Bott since 2016, also won the race with Brightexpectations (2009), She’s Meaner (2008) and Pulsator (2005).
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Trainers Gai Waterhouse and Adrian Bott have forged a successful partnership.Source:AAP
Swift Princess, by leading sire Star Witness out of Taylor’s Command and knocked down for $260,000 at the Magic Millions Yearling Sale last January, could be the latest potential juvenile star to roll off the Waterhouse-Bott production line.
Waterhouse is chasing her sixth success in the Wyong Magic Millions 2YO Classic.Source:AAP
She has impressed in successive barrier trial wins and has been installed $4.20 favourite to make a winning debut, and give Tulloch Lodge its sixth win in the Wyong 2YO Classic.
“Swift Witness is one of our leading chances for the Magic Millions,’’ Bott said.
“She is a sharp style of filly and in her two trial wins, she has looked pretty natural.
“There are strong nominations for this race, the strongest we have seen for a while, so she will need to be on her game but she is a very nice filly.’’
The Wyong race has proven to be a reliable guide to the $2 million Magic Millions 2YO Classic, run on the Gold Coast next month, with Capitalist (2015), Unencumbered (2013) and Karuta Queen (2010) winning both races.
The Waterhouse-Bott stable has designs on a big-race brace with Yao Dash challenging for favouritism at $4 behind Team Snowden’s Barbaric in the $100,000 Wyong 3YO and 4YO Stakes (1200m).
With successive fourths at Flemington and Ballarat during the spring carnival, Yao Dash has a race fitness edge over Barbaric who hasn’t started since winning the Black Opal in Canberra back in March.
Bott said Yao Dash has returned from Melbourne in great shape and will appreciate getting back on his “Sydney leg”.
“The way Yao Dash had been training, we expected him to go close to winning both those races in Victoria,’’ Bott said.
“But at Flemington, it was his first time down the straight and he got a bit lost then around Ballarat he didn’t travel as comfortably as he does the Sydney way.
“He is in good form and now he is back going right-handed, it might be just what he needs. He’s the class horse going to Wyong.’’
Waterhouse has trained two winners of the Wyong 3YO Magic Millions race with Sweet Idea (2013) and Ulladulla (2006).
Sweet Idea then won the Magic Millions 3YO Guineas later that season, a double also achieved by Torio’s Quest (2011) and Graceful Anna (2010).
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Meanwhile, Bott reported that brilliant three-year-old colt Farnan returned to light work this week after a forgettable and disrupted spring campaign.
Farnan ran unplaced in the Run To The Rose and Coolmore Stud Stakes, those races six weeks apart due to concerns about his form and fitness during the spring.
Bott said Farnan had spelled well but plans for the star colt’s autumn sprint campaign have not yet been determined.
“There have been some initial discussions about his program and what it could look like,’’ Bott said.
“But we will wait until we see how he is coming up and is ready to race before we lock in his program.’’
Originally published asSwift and deadly: Gai to continue Wyong winning ways
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