Gai wants to double her Offer
Australia's first lady of the turf, Sydney-based trainer Gai Waterhouse, will attempt to double her Melbourne Cup representation in Saturday's Group Three $300,000 Lexus Stakes (2500m) at Flemington.
Waterhouse already has yesterday's Bendigo Cup (2400m) winner The Offer in the field, and stablemates Excess Knowledge and Bohemian Lily can join him with the winner of the Lexus guaranteed a start in the Melbourne Cup.
The Offer, a proven winner over 3200m having claimed the 2014 Sydney Cup, firmed from $101 to $67 in Melbourne Cup betting after lumping 59kg to victory for Michael Walker at Bendigo.
"Melbourne Cup? We will do it, his price has dropped already," Waterhouse said in her typical confident style after the former import saluted.
Excess Knowledge and Bohemian Lily are at 32 and 33 respectively in the official order of entry, which means they must win the Lexus to force their way into the final field of 24.
Waterhouse, the daughter of legendary trainer Tommy Smith, won her first Melbourne Cup with imported stayer Fiorente in 2013 with Damien Oliver the saddle. Oliver though is committed to ride imported stayer Amralah on Tuesday.
Meanwhile, 21 year-old jockey Damian Lane will attempt to win the country's greatest race with his first Cup ride on English stayer Quest for More.
Lane, who rode a handful of winners in Hong Kong earlier this year, has picked up the mount of the Roger Charlton-prepared galloper.