Waterhouse has three winners at Randwick
Gai Waterhouse is always a formidable force at her home track of Randwick and she proved it again on Wednesday with three winners from just five runners. Waterhouse was the shining light on a soggy afternoon, opening her account with three-year-old Rocky Two in the Spring Maiden Plate (1550m) before adding wins with Kabuki Kiss in the One Club, One ATC Membership Hcp (1400m) and Two For Tea in the Les Bridge Senior Vale Hcp (1800m).
She said she had reassessed her approach since returning from a recent holiday to Europe and had been focusing on her attention to detail.
“Since then I’ve been really concentrating on finetuning and saying, ‘Is that horse quite right and does it need this or that’,” Waterhouse said.
Her fresh approach appeared to be working on Wednesday with Rocky Two ($3.70) breaking through for his first win in four starts.
Waterhouse doesn’t plan to continue the three-year-old’s campaign into the spring but believes he will develop into a handy galloper with time.
“I will probably turn him out now, he’s lightened off a bit in the last week,” Waterhouse said.
“He’s got a stack of ability, he’s a bit one-paced and he was able to use that today by getting up outside the leader.
“If I spell him for the spring he’ll be a very handy horse over the summer and through to the autumn.”
Kabuki Kiss was sent out the $2.40 favourite and posted her third win this campaign, camping behind the speed and sprinting clear for a comprehensive three-length victory to give Waterhouse and jockey Nash Rawiller a double.
It was Waterhouse’s other stable rider, Tommy Berry, who provided win number three when he steered a wide course on Two For Tea in the straight to nail the rails-hugging Letchworth on the line.
“I didn’t think we’d won,” Waterhouse said.
“But how about the last 50 metres, the way he pulled his socks up and really found the line.”
There was a sour note to Waterhouse’s day with stable jockey Rawiller suspended for 12 meetings for careless riding aboard Kabuki Kiss on the home turn.
Rawiller was found guilty of directing Kabuki Kiss to the outside of the heels of leader Bidden when he wasn’t clear of Misshiraz who struck the winner’s heels, dislodging jockey Brenton Avdulla.
Avdulla was uninjured and went on to win the sixth event aboard promising John Thompson-trained gelding Renewed Vitality.
Rawiller will ride at Saturday’s Warwick Stakes meeting before starting his penalty which expires on September 15.
He will miss the Chelmsford Stakes at Randwick on September 3 and the $1 million Golden Rose program at Rosehill on September 10 but will return in time for George Main Stakes day at Randwick a week later.