Mamba joins Gai's Cup team

American Group One winner Black Mamba has been added to Gai Waterhouse’s Melbourne Cup team as a late nomination.

Japanese stayer Meisho Dontaku was added to the Caulfield and Melbourne Cups along with Black Mamba on Tuesday while the Pat Hyland-trained Miss Alia was nominated for the Melbourne Cup.

Black Mamba did her early racing in New Zealand in the care of Murray Baker before spending more than two years with John Sadler in the United States.

The biggest of her six wins there was the Group One John C Mabee Handicap (1800m) in August 2008.

Waterhouse said the seven-year-old mare had recently returned to work at her Randwick stable.


“Tony Bott syndicated her and chose me to train her,” Waterhouse said.

“She had a few months off with a quarter crack to her heel but she’s fit and well now.

“Hopefully we can get her to the Melbourne Cup.”

Black Mamba hasn’t raced since tailing off in the Hong Kong Vase at the Sha Tin International meeting last December.