Still learning … Irish-bred Julienas returns to scale with Nash Rawiller and connections after success in the $150,000 Wyong Gold Cup (2100 metres) yesterday.GAI WATERHOUSE’S foray into European stayers has netted two cups in the past seven days and there is the promise of more after Julienas won the Wyong Gold Cup yesterday.
The six-year-old was part of package of four horses bought by Waterhouse in England last October and backed up the win of another of her buys, Glencadam Gold, in the Premier’s Cup at Rosehill last Saturday. Julienas, produced at the right time by Nash Rawiller after enjoying the run of the race, held off a late charge by Wyong-trained Gazza Guru to score by head, with Storm Burst flying late for third.
It capped a wonderful day for the Waterhouse stable which took out the Mona Lisa Stakes with Miss Stellabelle, also ridden by Rawiller, who added another two winners in It Girl and Dream With Me. He warned there would further improvement in Miss Stellabelle and Julienas, which is still learning his trade.
”I feel the horse had the race in his keeping the whole way but he just didn’t have the experience or know how to put a race away,” he said. ”I thought he was going to win by a length but he got lost when he hit the front. That is something we will have to work on before his next start. I think he is a very promising horse with a fair bit of upside.”
Rawiller believes the imported team are the right types to suit Waterhouse’s training style.
”They are just tough buggers, the ones we have got,” he said. ”You can get a weak one from over there but these horses get plenty of work and Gai and the team did a great job identifying the right types.”
While the connections of Julienas celebrated, it was heartbreak for the owners of Gazza Guru, which was held up for a run at the 200 metres, before taking a split between Kelinni on the inside and the winner to hit the line hard. Brenton Avdulla and a representative of trainer Stephen Farley, who is in Melbourne with Sincero, looked at a replay before correct weight was declared.
”It was Kelinni coming out rather the winner coming in, which caused our problem,” Avdulla said. ”It cost us the race but there is nothing we can do about it.”
Earlier, Miss Stellabelle led home the Ron Quinton-trained Irish Dream for Segenhoe Thoroughbreds’ first quinella since Kevin Maloney got involved two years ago.
”That is a first [the quinella] and it was very good to see that mare [Miss Stellabelle] put an effort like that together,” Segenhoe’s Bill Mitchell said. ”Josh [Parr] thought he had the race won on the other mare but said it was over in a stride when [Miss Stellabelle] let go.”
Irish Dream will contest the Tibbie Stakes at Newcastle before heading to stud, but the goals could be higher for Miss Stellabelle, which is still in the Epsom and may head south.
Rawiller left Wyong a bit lighter in the pocket after being fined $500 for improper conduct towards an individual in the jockeys’ room.
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