Gai wants to strike Gold in Warrnambool

CHAMPION trainer Gai Waterhouse has indicated her group 1 flat performer Glencadam Gold may run in a hurdle race at Warrnambool’s May Racing Carnival after he finished at the back of the field in the Chipping Norton Stakes last Saturday.

Waterhouse, who is aiming her handy galloper Valediction at a jumps race at the three-day carnival, has asked Glencadam Gold’s connections to consider his future racing career.

“He’s got a lovely temperament and I think he’d make a wonderful jumps horse,” Waterhouse said. 

“I’ve spoken with the owners and I’m awaiting their approval. How exciting it would be to have a horse like him take on a jumps career.”

Racing Victoria’s racing operations and jumps manager Paul Bloodworth said everything was in readiness for the new jumps season to kick off at Oakbank on Saturday and Warrnambool on Monday.

“We had an increase in jumpers of 10 per cent last year,” he said.

“If we could get the same increase this year we would be really excited. It’s natural that there are not big numbers to run in the jumps races at this stage of the season mainly because of the dry weather.

“We’ve got healthy numbers of horses trying to get their jumping tickets or just schooling. I think having someone like Gai Waterhouse having jumpers will give the sport a real boost.”

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