Gai Waterhouse has never won a Gr 1 ATC Derby, which would shock most given she has won everything else.
But, she and her co-trainer Adrian Bott have a live shot now to break that hoodoo after their big boy YALETOWN (Vancouver – Marianne) led all the way to impressively win the Gr 2 Tulloch Stakes for 3YOs over 2000m.
The $200,000 race was run and won as the track was playing – on speed bias along the rails being the go.
Jockey Tim Clark noticed this and he was on the natural front-runner so away he went from gate rise and led.
“He’s always shown a nice bit of ability and shown that he wanted a trip too,” said the rider.
“He just found in the 1500m the other day the he couldn’t get into a rhythm. Today he did and relaxed beautiful.
“He will keep running although I do think, mentally, that he is still a prep away, but he’s a 3YO with tremendous promise.”
His strong all-the-way win, hanging on by a half length in the end clocking 2:03.74, from PROMPT PRODIGY (More Than Ready – Allez Wonder) with YOUNG WERTHER (Tavistock – Romantic Time) a hard charging third another half length back, made the bookies rethink their Gr 1 ATC Derby market.
Yaletown, who opened the day as a $34 Derby chance, which then as the track started to show bias, firmed to $26 prior to the start of the Tulloch, is now $15 with Sportsbet to win next week’s big time honoured race.
Favreau, who was 4th today, stayed $11 but Prompt Prodigy firmed from $51 to $26.
All of the chasers home today including Favreau in 4th and Cherry Tortoni in 5th, weren’t suited by the way the track played as they all tried to come home from back in the field.
Perhaps Cherry Tortoni’s run was best as he was beaten just 1.5lengths by the winner after giving him 10 lengths start around the home turn. His price of $8 to win the Derby did not change.
Said Bott of the winner, “yeah, look, he is a lovely, tough horse who just keeps on giving. We have always thought he’d excel at the trip and he’s ticked that off.
“He will keep giving for you all day,” said the co-trainer who confirmed the horse would back up for the stable next Saturday in the Australian Derby.
This was the 2nd win for Yaletown from just four starts and he has now earned $150,615 in prize money.
He was gelded a few months ago which now looks an expensive decision.
He cost $320,000 as a yearling.