Gai's Horses Jumping At 'The Bool'

Source: Herald Sun/Darren Tindale
Gai Waterhouse will have runners at the Warrnambool jumps carnival. Source: Herald Sun/Darren Tindale
It’s a far cry from Flemington on the first Tuesday in November, but Australia’s ‘leading lady’ of the turf, Gai Waterhouse, will have a runner on the first day of the jumps carnival at Warrnambool in country Victoria on Tuesday.

The opening race of the three-day jumps carnival which culminates in the Grand Annual Steeple and the Warrnambool Cup on Thursday is a Maiden Hurdle over 3200m, the same distance as the Melbourne Cup. Waterhouse will saddle up Tenby Lady which will be ridden by Patrick Flood.

A six-year-old mare by Anabaa, Tenby Lady has handy form on the flat. Last preparation, she finished eighth, three lengths behind Winning Glory in the Newcastle Cup. This time in, she’s finished third in two Sydney runs, before being shipped south. In the lead up to her first attempt over fences, Tenby Lady has won both her trials on rain affected going by a combined margin of 21 lengths.

A winner of four races, with another seven minor placings, from 21 starts this bay mare will definitely give them something to chase. However, she has never raced on a surface worse than dead.

Waterhouse has already tasted success this jumping season with Valediction. The son of Zabeel won a Maiden Hurdle at Warrnambool early this month and is a leading hope in Thursday’s Galleywood Hurdle.

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