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