Watch Live Racing FREE!
Sign-up now and Watch every Race Live and Free on your Phone!
Best Odds with Top Tote+ and Bet Back Offers!
Register at Australia's #1 Online Bookmaker!
Price Boosts, Racing Backups, Fluc Up!
Sign-Up to Australia's Fastest Growing Online Bookmaker!
Odds Boosts, Racing Offers, Massive MULTIS!
Sign-up and start betting with Ladbrokes in 2 minutes!
Best Of The Best Odds!
Bet With Palmerbet and get Paid Top Fluc or Top Tote!!
*Conditions Apply. Excl VIC, NSW, SA & WA. Gamble Responsibly
Image: AAP

It seems every time Stephen Baster gets aboard a Gai Waterhouse and Adrian Bott-trained runner in a stakes race he rides a winner.

Last week at Flemington Baster teamed with the co-trainers to win the VRC St Leger with Runaway followed by Let Me Sleep On It in the Redoute’s Choice Stakes at Caulfield on Saturday.

Now they will try to do it again in Thursday’s Warrnambool Cup with Scholarly.

The most lightly raced galloper in the Listed race, having had only eight starts, he’ll be chasing a sixth-consecutive win.

Scholarly commenced his winning streak in a maiden at Warrnambool over 1700m last June before Baster won on the gelding at Sandown the following month.

He wasn’t seen again until March winning at Sandown before success there again and then at Cranbourne.

The improvement Scholarly has shown from one campaign to the next has taken Baster by surprise, but now he wouldn’t put anything past the gelding.

“When I first rode him I didn’t think he was much chop,” Baster said.

“He’s just been one of those horses that has improved and improved and improved.

“I don’t know what it is but he’s certainly surprised me.”

Scholarly faces his toughest test on Thursday, rising to 2350m for the time.

Baster doesn’t see the trip being a problem with barrier one more concerning.

“You don’t know how they’ll handle it (distance) until they’ve done it but I don’t think that will be a problem at all,” Baster said.

“It looks his go being a High Chaparral as it seems the further they go the better.

“A concern might be the inside draw and how the track is racing on the day.

“They were getting off the fence on Tuesday so we’ll have to work that out.”

Baster also rides My True Love for Waterhouse and Bott in the Mercedes Benz Handicap.

My True Love finished last at Caulfield on April 21, a run that has the jockey mystified.

The mare will race without blinkers on Thursday.

“She seems to be going well on the track but she was really ordinary the other day,” Baster said.

Waterhouse and Bott also have Valediction contesting the Grand Annual Steeplechase in which he’ll be ridden by Martin Kelly.

Featured News

Free List of the Best Racing Bets and Bonus Offers

We take a look at the BIGGEST and BEST Free Daily Racing Offers and Betting Promotions from Australia’s leading online...

Samadoubt causes upset in Group One Winx Stakes

Tim Clark has pulled off a major upset in the first Group One race of the season with a bold...

Deprive wins controversial Show County Quality

Rachel King and Godolphin sprinter Deprive have renewed their winning association – but only just. In a finish that had...

The Everest could be an option for impressive Libertini

The return of boom filly Libertini was expected to be one of the highlights on Winx Stakes day at Randwick...

Social media blows up over photo finish decision

The controversy at Randwick has continued following an upheld protest in the Up And Coming Stakes a photo finish in...

Glen Boss blows up over protest decision

A protest which was upheld in the Up And Coming Stakes has caused a stir in the stewards room and...

TAB records their biggest ever winning price

One lucky punter has kicked off their Wednesday with an incredible win from a 50c bet on the Mohawk trots....

Officers bust participants in Queensland raids

Queensland Racing Integrity Commission officers have found five trackwork riders tested positive to prohibited substances during a raid at the...

Marmelo’s odds slashed to win Melbourne Cup 2019

After taking out the Group 2 Prix Kergorlay at Deauville in France overnight, Marmelo is now a $15 TAB equal...

Australian Bookmaker Reviews

Which bookmaker should you bet with? We Review each of the leading online Australian Bookmakers and rate them in order...

Copyright © 2019 Just Horse Racing.
All rights reserved - Privacy Policy

Gamble Responsibly 18+
*State exclusions apply to some offers. Please check T&Cs of each offer with the bookmaker. All Offers Exclude NSW residents.