Waterhouse to train Murtajill for last hurrah
Dual stakeswinner Murtajill will embark on an ambitious two-state Group One campaign under the care of Gai Waterhouse before being retired to stud at owner Nathan Tinkler’s Patinack Farm.
Tinkler said the four-year-old son of Rock Of Gibraltar had been transferred from his private trainer Jason Coyle to Waterhouse to be prepared for the TJ Smith and All-Aged Stakes in Sydney before heading to the Doomben 10,000 and Stradbroke Handicap in Brisbane.
Murtajill, the winner of the Listed Breeders Plate on debut and the Group Three Skyline Stakes before his close fourth to Forensics in the 2007 Golden Slipper, worked at Randwick for the first time on Thursday.
"I am very excited to train this horse. He is a wonderful looking stallion who was an outstanding two-year-old," Waterhouse said.
"He has always raced at the top level and been in the finish and I look forward to preparing him to win his much-deserved Group One in the near future."
Tinkler said the training switch was a team decision which would enable Coyle to concentrate on his big string of horses at Warwick Farm.
"At this stage, Jason wouldn’t be able to dedicate the amount of time and energy to Murtajill that is required – particularly with a trip away," Tinkler said.
"Murtajill is a very important part of Patinack Farm’s future plans.
"He is a magnificently-bred horse, a smashing type, and has always been competitive at the highest level.
"We look forward to his final campaign and joining our stallion roster this season."
Murtajill has raced 19 times for the two wins and six placings for prizemoney of nearly $650,000.