No rest for the Waterhouse
Gai Waterhouse leads a busy life by anyone’s standards but even by her own, Monday morning must have seemed hectic.
Sydney’s leading trainer inspected her horses at three venues in two states, all by the time most people were settling into their work days.
"I was at Flemington to watch Manhattan Rain work at 4.30, I went to Moonee Valley to see Swift Alliance at six and flew back to Sydney to be here at Randwick to watch the trials at 9.30," Waterhouse said.
Waterhouse only had a couple of runners at Sydney’s first two-year-old trials of the season but was brimming with confidence about the established stars in Melbourne.
Manhattan Rain finished a close third to Demerit and Trusting in Saturday’s Caulfield Guineas Prelude while Swift Alliance already has a Melbourne victory in the Group Three Hong Kong Jockey Club Stakes (1200m) on September 5 to his credit.
Swift Alliance was among several contenders for Friday night’s Group One Manikato Stakes (1200m) at Moonee Valley to make a familiarising trip to the course.
"He is absolutely flying and his coat is gleaming," Waterhouse said.
"He worked over 1200 metres and handled the course well.
"I worked him in blinkers, not because he is going to race in them but just to help him get around and I couldn’t be happier with him."
Waterhouse was also more than happy with Manhattan Rain.
"He had a trot and canter at Flemington, nothing too strenuous," she said.
"He didn’t lose anything with his performance on Saturday and he will be right there in the Caulfield Guineas."
A big loss to Waterhouse’s spring team was multiple Group One winner Tuesday Joy who was retired last week by owner John Singleton after it became obvious she was not enjoying her work.
"She has already been covered by More Than Ready," Waterhouse said.
"They didn’t waste any time."
Neither does she.
By Caryl Williamson