Waterhouse Supplements Tres Blue into Melbourne Cup

Gai Waterhouse has won a host of top Australian races but the big one, the Emirates Melbourne Cup, has always eluded her grasp.

The popular handler now has a total of 12 horses entered for the November 'race that stops a nation', having stumped up $5500 to add new arrival, Tres Blue, to the field for the hugely valuable two-mile Flemington handicap.

Three-year-old Tres Blue is certainly an interesting candidate, having arrived recently from France from the yard of Henri-Alex Pantall, for whom he proved a very capable performer. He finished third at Chantilly in Group 3 company on his seasonal reappearance before stepping up considerably on that effort to run a three-quarters-of-a-length second to Lucky Speed in the Group 1 German Derby at Hamburg in July.

August proved a very successful month for the son of Anabaa Blue, as he showed his liking for the beautiful Deauville racecourse in northern France. He landed the Group 3 De Reux Stakes at the start of the month before surprising the racing live betting with a tenacious effort in getting the better of Pennglai Pavillion and Slow Pace in the Group 2 Grand Prix de Deauville, springing an 11/1 shock in the process.

Waterhouse has left herself with the option of the Melbourne Cup even though the trip would be half-a-mile further than the three-year-old has ever travelled before, and while he might well have other targets in his sights some firms have introduced the new arrival to the southern hemisphere at odds of 50/1.

Puissance de Lune remains a rock solid ante-post favourite for the Melbourne Cup in the racing betting, 11/2 being an absolute top price at present about the chance of the six-year-old who only narrowly failed to land the Group 1 Makybe Diva Stakes at Flemington on September 7, losing out in a bobbing finish to the brave Foreteller.