The novelist writes a new chapter for Waterhouse, Bott

The novelist writes a new chapter for Waterhouse, Bott

Tricolors Racing underwriter James Moss need only look back to 2019 if he wants to further increase his excitement about the prospects of a talented colt in Magic Millions 2YO Classic Novelist.

The juvenile, trained by Gai Waterhouse and Adrian Bott, immediately burst into the Gold Coast calculations with a superb five lengths
win in record time, at Kembla Grange over 1,000 meters on December 10.

The colt belonging to Tricolors Racing was only allowed one play-off try by his trainers, in which he won Sovereign fund at Canterbury on November 29, before being sent to the NSW Provincial Racecourse for his first start. A similar formula was used by Waterhouse and Bott with a high class colt Judgementsubsequently, winner of the Golden Slipper (G1) 2020, at the start of his racing career.

Now at Kia Ora Stud and one of the Hunter Valley’s most sought-after young stallions, Farnan had just one public barrier trial before being sent from Sydney to Canberra on a 2-year-old run to start his career where he, too, beat his rivals by almost five lengths.

Incidentally, She will reign used the same 2-year-old from Kembla Grange as The Novelist to win her first start of 2016, scoring by eight and a quarter lengths in a brilliant display, which set her on course to win Inglis Nursery the week next and, of course, the golden shoe for coach Gary Portelli.

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“He showed a lot from day one, that horse, and he was a horse that we could have groomed for the Breeders’ Plate, but knowing he was a Magic Millions horse and, with the timing, we thought keep him for that and give him a decent Magic Millions campaign,” Moss told ANZ Bloodstock News on Dec. 18.

“I know he only had one try but it was over 900 yards on the course proper at Canterbury and he worked from a wide gate and was really strong all the way to the line, beating some really nice horses, so it gave us a lot of confidence that he would be very hard to beat first and was really impressive.”

While Farnan, who made his first racing start in mid-November, used the Magic Millions Wyong 2YO Classic as preparation for the Gold Coast, he was beaten in the early-season “grand finale” before catch up in Sydney in the sequel. month – Waterhouse and Bott send The Novelist to Queensland early in a bid to ensure he has his chance to qualify for the $2million race on January 14.

The first product of the double winner Sunnyherself a half-sister of the winner of the BRC Champagne Classic (G2) Your HeartThe $110,000 Glenlogan Park-sold novelist is one of 11 2-year-olds nominated for the $250,000 BJ McLachlan Stakes (G3) at Doomben on December 24.

“We knew we had to give him two points to get him into the Magic Millions. As we picked this young Kembla girl for him over 1000
yards, we knew that would never give us enough money to get into the race, so we had to make sure we had enough time to give him that first hit and then have options for his second inning,” Moss said. .

“We considered racing him in Sydney on Saturday, but we had information that the race was going to be very strong, and it is, so going to Brisbane seems like the perfect target for him. If he can very Well run or win that, then we’ll leave it up there
and that’s all the way to the Magic Millions.”

A second favorite at AU$3.30 behind the undefeated filly trained by Chris Munce Miss Cootawho won his first two starts in Brisbane in October, The Novelist must answer the question of whether he can extend his brilliance to 1,200 yards in the BJ McLachlan (G3).

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Moss, Waterhouse and Bott, however, have no doubts about this.

“I looked at all the other races that day for the 2-year-olds and there were four more races and he easily had the best time,” Moss said. “I know it’s not the same with different tracks and conditions etc, but he did a super fast time. As the distance increased, Gai and Adrian
don’t worry about it at all. I don’t think he’s a one-dimensional 1,000-meter horse; he can get a very strong six furlongs.

“The way he closed at Kembla after the only try, it showed us that the 1,200 meters shouldn’t be a problem and I think the Doomben circuit will suit him as well.”

The novelist has impressed everyone who has come into contact with him since he was purchased as a yearling almost a year ago.

“He’s not a big horse, but he walks like a really big horse. He paraded beautifully and looked very sane and on (at sales),” Moss recalled. “Although he’s not too tall, he’s super athletic and very strong, and I deliberately bought him to be a 2-year-old prospect and, certainly, in discussions with Gai and Adrian, they thought he was a 2 year old as well and that’s why we syndicated it to the ladies to chase the Magic Millions ladies bonus.

“He was one of the sales people who looked like a ready-made racehorse. He looked like he got to race (last January).”

The “readymade 2-year-old” opinion was also shared by Hawkesbury-based horse trainer Matt Vella.

“I took him to Matt Vella to get ripped and the very first time he sat on him I was there to watch him and he took him to the track and never does that with other horses, that was the first horse he’s done in his life,” Moss said.

“This horse is so sensitive and fired up and a really relaxed character so Matt took him out to Hawkesbury Racecourse and took him for a little ride there. From day one Matt was very confident that he would go very soon and that’s an exciting prospect.”

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