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
Gai Waterhouse is toying with racing Ecuador on a rare seven-day back-up

Gai Waterhouse is toying with racing Ecuador on a rare seven-day back-up after his second in the Hawkesbury Gold Cup.

The eight-year-old has had his runs spaced as he races in the twilight of his career but Waterhouse and training partner Adrian Bott are considering winding the clock back to 2016.

Ecuador managed a week between races with ease that autumn when he regrouped from a sixth in the Hawkesbury Gold Cup (1600m) to win the Listed Lord Mayor’s Cup (2000m) the following weekend at Rosehill.

The gelding was found a little wanting over the latter stages of the Hawkesbury Gold Cup on Saturday but hung on to run second to Kingsguard, beaten three-quarters of a length.

“It was a good effort. It probably just showed he’s looking for a little further now and he’s probably lost a little bit of dash,” Bott said.

“He bowled around nicely and he stuck on very well, but as an older horse now he probably just lacks that little bit of turn of foot or that sprint over the shorter distances to sort of really put the race away.”

Ecuador is among 11 nominations for Saturday’s Lord Mayor’s Cup and Bott says the stable will accept on Wednesday and then make a final decision.

“He’s better suited to stepping up in trip at some point, whether it’s this weekend or we look to Queensland,” Bott said.

While Waterhouse and Bott weigh up their options, Joe Pride will run stable favourite Destiny’s Kiss after he ran 10th of 11 in the Hawkesbury Cup, less than five lengths behind Kingsguard.

Ecuador and Destiny’s Kiss are the equal 61kg topweights for the Rosehill feature.

Bott said Ecuador’s stablemate Sedanzer’s first-up ninth in the Group Three Godolphin Crown (1300m) at Hawkesbury did not rule out a Queensland campaign.

“She was a little bit plain first-up unfortunately but we’ll be forgiving,” he said.

“First-up last campaign she won, but she wasn’t in a field with the depth that we saw on Saturday.

“She’ll go to Scone as planned for the Dark Jewel and all going well she’ll head up to Queensland.”

 
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...

Tahlia Hope set for extended stay in hospital

Apprentice Tahlia Hope could remain in hospital for up to three weeks as she recovers from viral meningitis. Hope was...

Godolphin secure slot in The Everest

Global racing operation Godolphin has won the tender for the vacant slot in the $14 million Everest forfeited by Damion...

Schillaci Stakes winner to gain entry into The Everest

The turf wars between Victoria and NSW appear to be softening with the winner of the Schillaci Stakes at Caulfield...

Trainer Ben Currie has ban reduced

Toowoomba trainer Ben Currie has had his disqualification on racing convictions further reduced while his criminal fraud charges have been...

Veteran trainer remains in critical condition

Veteran trainer Bruce Purcell remains in a critical condition, three days after being airlifted to a Melbourne hospital with serious...

Queensland trainer fined for assaulting stewards

Veteran Queensland trainer Ron Maund has been fined $2000 with no conviction recorded on charges of assaulting two Racing Integrity...

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.