gai waterhouseGai Waterhouse (Fox Sports)

Having won two barrier trials before Christmas, Sebring made a winning racetrack debut January 19 in a two-year-old open race, and repeated the dose February 16, winning the Listed Canonbury Stakes. He then added the Listed Breeders’ Plate March 1 to his tally, but, after receiving treatment for an infection, he was not seen in the traditional Golden Slipper lead-up races.

It could be expected that the colt would be on the muscle for his first start in seven weeks, but such was not the case. “I tried to get him geed up in the barriers, but he blew the start,” Glen Boss said. “He walked out. It didn’t concern me, because he got into a good spot early and kept his composure. There were a couple of times when he lost his footing and he seemed to drop off, but no sooner had it happened and he quickly picked up again. He came out so quick at the 200 meters, I felt like he was going to win, but [when Von Costa de Hero closed], I was getting a bit desperate; I looked like a goose all over him.”

Gai Waterhouse said Denise Martin’s Star Thoroughbreds, which operates in an office adjacent to the stable headquarters in Randwick, deserved victory at the highest level. “This is sensational,” said Gai Waterhouse, celebrating her third Golden Slipper trophy. “This is everything you dream about - here is a horse owned by people who have $10,000 or $20,000 to spend on owning a horse, and they win a $3.5 million race. This is what racing in Australia is all about. It is a triumph for syndication, for Star Thoroughbreds.”

Gai Waterhouse, whose 2004 Triple Crown winner Dance Hero (Aus) led the Slipper field out under grey skies yesterday, said Sebring would be pointed toward the Triple Crown, providing he took no harm from his Golden Slipper outing. The second leg is the A$800,000 AJC Sires’ Produce Stakes at Randwick April 26, ahead of the A$450,000 Champagne Stakes over a mile at the same track May 3.

Extract from Thoroughbred Daily News