Delighted is how Gai Waterhouse described Saturday’s exhibition gallop of Melbourne Cup winner Fiorente and highly touted import Carlton House.
Fiorente and Carlton House went to the post locked together at the end of their work over 1200 metres at Randwick.
Waterhouse said she liked the way both horses strongly concluded their work, stride-for-stride.
“I couldn’t be happier with both horses,” Waterhouse told TVN.
Waterhouse said she would finalise autumn plans for Fiorente after he trials at Randwick on Thursday, January 31.
She noted that the Australian Cup remained a serious consideration for Fiorente before he tackles the lucrative Sydney carnival, headlined for the $4 million Queen Elizabeth Stakes.
Carlton House, owned by Her Majesty The Queen, particularly impressed her trainer as he ramps up for his first run since last autumn.
“I thought it was terrifically strong work,” Waterhouse said.
“It was interesting to hear Adam Hyeronimus say he was much more zippy today.”