SYDNEY’S queen of racing Gai Waterhouse is planning for a triple Melbourne Cup crown after import Excess Knowledge showed a dazzling turn of foot in his first public outing at Friday’s Randwick trials.
After breaking her Cup drought with Fiorente last year, Waterhouse already has the $13 favourite The Offer primed for November.
Now the superstar trainer has unveiled her 2015 Cup contender Excess Knowledge.
The four-year-old, purchased from Europe because of his similarity to last year’s Cup winner Fiorente, took connections by surprise when he strode away with the 1050m heat and earned a glowing review from jockey Nash Rawiller.
Trainer Gai Waterhouse has earmarked Excess Knowledge for the 2015 Melbourne Cup and according to Round Table Racing’s Bruce Slade that plan hasn’t changed in the wake of his trial win.
“It was a good start. Gai has been saying he is still a good six to 12 months away from where Fiorente was,’’ Slade said.
“It was a bit of a surprise at how much sharpness he showed over 1050m and Nash’s comments afterwards were encouraging.
“We’re going to give him experience with a racing preparation but we are really building towards 2015 with him.’’
Excess Knowledge is by the same sire as Fiorente, is similar in height and weight and Slade said he ticked all the boxes as a Cup prospect.
“Fiorente is impossible to replicate but he is the template for the style of horse you need to bring here,’’ he said.
“You need to find those horses that can make their way through the grades with the potential to make weight-for-age level and hopefully get into the Cup with the right weight.’’
Formerly trained by John Gosden, Excess Knowledge has had just six starts for a win and three placings.
Meanwhile, David Vandyke’s in-form filly Arabian Gold showed she is on track for the Doomben Roses next week running a close third in her 1200m trial on Friday. Reference Herald Sun