Gai Waterhouse and Adrian Bott are looking to make their first Queensland winter carnival strike with young gun Converge who they feel could be suited dropping back in distance in Saturday’s Group 2 BRC Sires’ Produce Stakes at Eagle Farm.
The elite Sydney training team have only unleashed a small handful of winter carnival runners so far but haven’t had a win in the Sunshine State this month.
That could all be about to change with Converge, a two-year-old son of Frankel who finished third in his last start when racing at Group 1 level in the Champagne Stakes over 1600m at Randwick.
Converge was gunned down that day by Captivant and Hilal and co-trainer Bott feels that Converge, at this stage of his development, may have found the 1600m at the elite level just a bit too long.
He feels the 1400m of the Group 2 Sires on Saturday might be more in the gelding’s sweet spot.
Bott, speaking after Converge produced a “nice, sharp piece of work” on the Eagle Farm course proper this week, expects the youngster will be ready to rumble on Saturday.
“He has had a nice little freshen up after the Champagne Stakes,” Bott said.
“It was a strongly run mile and it might have stretched him out in that last little bit, he gave a good kick but was just found wanting in that last 100 (m).
“Whether at this point in his career he stayed the full mile, I’m not sure, or whether it was just the way the race was run on that day.
“Regardless, I thought his run was full of merit and he was just beaten by two classier horses on the day.”
Adrian Bott and Gai Waterhouse. Picture: Toby Zerna.Source:News Corp Australia
The task of Converge was made tougher when copping a visitors’ barrier draw in the Sires’ – set a task when drawing barrier 15 in the 17-horse field.
Odds framers have marked him as a $10 chance to overcome a horror barrier draw.
Bott has nominated Rob Heathcote’s unbeaten Queensland two-year-old Prince Of Boom as the one they all have to beat.
“He has looked visually very impressive with his wins and it’s hard to come up here and beat the locals,” Bott said.
“Prince Of Boom has been pretty dominant and the way Rob is talking about him, I would imagine he has a fair bit of upside as well.”
Originally published asWaterhouse and Bott to make Qld winter carnival strike?
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