Gai Waterhouse not concerned by Pornichet’s heavy impost in Toowoomba Cup
GAI Waterhouse has shrugged off any weight-carrying concerns for Pornichet and is looking forward to showcasing him to a new audience in Saturday’s Toowoomba Cup.
Pornichet won the Group 3 Neville Sellwood Stakes two starts back and then ran fifth as the $7 favourite in the Doncaster Mile.
He was balloted out of Saturday’s Hollindale Stakes, meaning Waterhouse has had to find a back-up plan, which comes in the shape of this 2150m $100,000 feature.
As a quality handicap, the highest weight a horse can be allotted in the Cup is 61kg.
Racing Queensland handicapper Nathan Bourke said Pornichet would go close to receiving the maximum.
“I will have to weigh it up, but a horse with his record and current form will be allotted somewhere in the vicinity of 60-61kg,” Bourke said.
Bourke pointed out former New Zealand Derby winner Military Move won last year’s Cup with 59.5kg coming off two below par lead-up runs.
Waterhouse said the big impost would not stop her from running Pornichet.
“Well if he did trackwork he would be carrying more than that and there’s no guarantee he will get a run the following week either, so why not run him?” Waterhouse said.
“I think it would be a great thing for the club to get a horse like him up there.” Tim Bell has been booked for Pornichet and will also ride Waterhouse’s Red Knot in the $100,000 Listed Dalrello Stakes.
He also has a booking for Tony Gollan’s Whiskey Allround, who looms as a huge chance in the Weetwood.
Red Knot is a son of Redoute’s Choice and topped last year’s Magic Millions Yearling Sale at $1 million. He has had one start to date for a fourth at Hawkesbury.
Waterhouse also has Overreach’s three-quarter-brother Skylimit coming to Queensland for the three-year-old races, having run third first-up at Warwick Farm after a debut Canterbury win last December.
Hollindale Stakes flop Silent Achiever had a bout of colic on Saturday evening. Trainer Roger James said she was recovering yesterday.
Helen Page has decided to spell Rudy, while Arabian Gold will also head to the paddock.
John Thompson will look at applying blinkers to Hooked for the Doomben Cup. Victory Stakes runner-up Ball Of Muscle will go to the QTC Cup.
Oaks specialist John Sargent is eyeing off another fillies’ blue riband with Swift Lady, who won with ease at Randwick on Saturday.
Sargent has already won the Queensland Oaks, with Quintessential, and also has the Australian (Gust Of Wind), Victoria (Kirramosa) and New Zealand Oaks (Miss Mossman) in the trophy cabinet.