Waterhouse Pair Trial Well ahead of Golden Slipper Stakes Tilt

August 1st, 2014

Revealing Group 1 champion Almalad may contest the featured event at Rosehill Gardens on September 13th after all, trainer Gai Waterhouse outlined plans for three other Group 1 Golden Rose Stakes (1400m) hopefuls through the 2014 Spring Racing Carnival.

Valentina will target the 2014 Golden Rose Stakes

Valentina will target the 2014 Golden Rose Stakes. Photo: Steve Hart

Initially revealing Almalad will remain away from racing during the early stages of spring to be kept fresh for both the Caulfield Guineas and Cox Plate in October; Waterhouse said the form of the Al Maher gelding since returning to work may in-fact warrant an early return to chase the season’s first three-year-old Group 1.

Pleased with the way stable mates Valentia and Wandjina took to Randwick barrier trials on Friday morning, Waterhouse told The Daily Telegraph the pair will target the Golden Rose Stakes via different avenues, as will yet-to-be-trialled filly Nayeli.

“Valentia from the Coolmore group is a really nice colt and Wandjina, who will run in the San Domenico Stakes, is bigger and stronger now,’’ Waterhouse said.

“I’m not trialling Nayeli as she will go straight to The Rosebud to take on the boys.”

A notable performer over four starts through the autumn two-year-old season, Valentia finished third amongst classy company in the TAB Iphone App Plate (1000m) on debut, claiming back-to-back victories in the Ritz Cinema Handicap (1200m) and Group 2 Skyline Stakes (1200m) before finishing a disappointing twelfth in the Group 1 Golden Slipper (1200m).

Disappointing when seventh on debut in the Listed Breeders’ Plate (1000m) in October last year, Wandjina secured a maiden race victory in a two-year-old event over 1000m before finishing an unlucky fourth in both the Listed Lonhro Plate (1100m) and Group 2 Todman Stakes (1200m) most recently.

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