HALL of Fame trainer Gai Waterhouse’s attention is focused on the Melbourne Spring Racing Carnival but next year’s Warrnambool May Racing Carnival is again on her radar.
Waterhouse, who made her first trip to the Warrnambool carnival earlier this year as an interested spectator, will saddle up Fiorente in $3 million Cox Plate on October 26 and November’s $6.2 million Melbourne Cup.
She also will run the French galloper Tres Blue in the Cup and is hopeful Glencadam Gold and Julienas may force their way into the field.
Australia’s first lady of racing has been under siege from the media since it became known she and husband Robbie had purchased a property in Melbourne, which added fuel to rumours that she was thinking of leaving Sydney racing.
“I’ve got a foot in two camps: Melbourne and Sydney,’’ Waterhouse said.
“I will increase my number of horses at Flemington in the future.
“The increase in numbers down here will give me the chance to take horses to the 2014 Warrnambool May carnival.
“I hope to have flat runners and jumpers.
“I’m working on a plan to syndicate horses for jumping races, which will give new owners the chance to get involved in racing.
“I’m aiming at having at least four jumps horses in Melbourne next season. I would like to think at least two of them will run at the 2014 Warrnambool carnival.”
Waterhouse, who has trained more than 2500 winners, including 118 group 1s during her 21-year training career, is spreading the word about her visit to Warrnambool.
“The Warrnambool May Racing Carnival is the best country carnival in Australia,” she said.
“I was really impressed with so many things relating to the carnival. There were big crowds of people who appreciate their racing.
“The fashions at the carnival were wonderful and the racing was great. I’ve rated the Grand Annual Steeplechase as one of the greatest races that I’ve seen in the world. The Grand Annual is a race I would love to win.”
Robbie Waterhouse, a high-profile bookmaker, has indicated he will be fielding at the 2014 May carnival.