Slipper Favourite Returns Saturday

For legendary trainer Gai Waterhouse, training two-year olds is like ‘boiling an egg’.

“If you go too much on the horse, you get a hard-boiled egg,” Waterhouse explained.

“If you go too little, it’s soft and runny, so you have to have your foot on the pedal, you have to observe them very closely, they must have gate speed.

“You’ve got to have the right pedigree and you’ve got to have a horse that’s precocious because it’s about precocity, that’s what we’re so famous for in Australia, speed and precocity and bone mass in our horses.”

Waterhouse, who these days trains in partnership with Adrian Bott, will have her standout two-year-old for the season, Storm Boy, return to the races on Saturday in the Group 2 Skyline Stakes.

The son of Justify is following a proven pathway as he now sets his sights on the Golden Slipper following his dominant victory in the Magic Millions 2YO Classic on the Gold Coast.

“It’s the same path that I took with Dance Hero,” Waterhouse said.

“He’s a very similar sort of horse. He’s a very masculine, very forceful sort of a colt.”

Storm Boy is the clear favourite for the Golden Slipper at $2.80.

It’s already been an incredible season for Waterhouse and Bott with their two-year olds, winning the Magic Millions 2YO Classic, the Inglis Millennium and coming close in the Blue Diamond Stakes last Saturday, but Waterhouse disputed the notion that it’s the best crop of juveniles she’s had in her illustrious career.

“The year I had five in the Golden Slipper and trifectaed it, that was a vintage year,” she said.

“Ha Ha, you had Excellerator, you had Royal Courtship, they were very special horses and all absolutely at the top of their gender.

“This year’s a very creamy year, we’re blessed to have a wonderful group of two-year olds, especially the males.”


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