Theseo Set For Sydney Spring Campaign Topped Off By Cox Plate Run

July 20th, 2010

With the spring carnival racing season set to jump in just a few short weeks, renowned Australian trainer Gai Waterhouse is running against the tide of trainers, jockeys and horses heading to Melbourne to target one of her stars in Sydney.

Gai Waterhouse is running against the tide of trainers, jockeys and horses heading to Melbourne to target one of her stars in Sydney.

Few big names have made Sydney the main aim for the spring due to the epic running of the 2010 Melbourne Cup marking its 150th anniversary, and so the news Sydney’s best weight-for-age runner Theseo will stay in his home town will most certainly be welcomed.

The six-year-old gelding is popular among horse racing fans and punters alike, and having earned more than a whopping $3 million over the course of his career, has the ability to draw crowds in single-handedly.

Waterhouse has revealed the Danewin offspring will target the traditional weigh-for-age trail in the New South Wales capital in preparation for a serious attempt at the $3 million Group One Cox Plate (2040m) on the 23rd of October at Moonee Valley.

The winner of the Group One Chipping Norton Stakes (1600m) and the Group One Ranvet Stakes (2000m) earlier in 2010 recently had a trial run at the Kensington course.

Theseo took to the midfield over the 1,250 metre event and proved strong in the closing stages to finish a half-length back in third.

It was a great result for the five-time Group One winner seeing as he had only been in preparation for six weeks – setting himself up as a strong contender for the spring season.

Waterhouse has said his spring will begin on the 21st of August with a jump in the Group Two Warwick Stakes (1400m), followed potentially by the Group Two Chelmsford Stakes (1600m) on the 4th of September, and then finishing in Sydney with the Group One George Main Stakes (1600m).

If Theseo proves a strong contender, he will then make his way down to the Melbourne action for the 9th of October Group One Yalumba Stakes (2000m), with the Cox Plate the ultimate spring goal.

Also an impressive stayer for Waterhouse during the trials at Randwick over the weekend was Descarado, and it looks as though the Randwick-based trainer is setting the AJC Australian Derby runner up for preparations for the 2010 Melbourne Cup on the 2nd of November.

Waterhouse, one of Australia’s most successful trainers, is still to claim a Melbourne Cup victory and has declared there are about six contenders for the Cup in her stable.

To follow Theseo, Descarado or any other horse’s campaign through the spring racing carnival, head to Sportsbet so you can keep an eye on form for when the big day rolls around!