Gai takes Two For Tea to Queanbeyan
19 Apr 2012 | Gai Waterhouse stayer Two For Tea will headline Sunday's $35 000, Dairy Farmers Queanbeyan Cup (2000m) after accepting for the city's flagship race on Thursday morning.
The five-year-old chestnut is unplaced in three metropolitan runs this campaign, but showed his ability last preparation winning at Randwick, and running a narrow third behind Lamasery at Group 3 level.
Star apprentice Adam Hyeronimus has been booked to ride the three-time winner, who'll have to lug 59kg around the testing NSW circuit from barrier 15.
Queanbeyan Racing Club chief executive Brendan Comyn said Two For Tea[/n[ would be very tough to beat.
“Since I've been here she [Waterhouse] has had five starters for four wins and a second, beaten a short half head,” Comyn said.
“She's got a very good strike rate at Queanbeyan. She should come here more often.”
Graeme Rogerson veteran Barlagarney was nominated for the race earlier in the week but didn't accept, while in-form Gwenda Markwell stayer Peal Of Bells was a late entrant following the Warwick Farm washout on Wednesday, and will start.
The Clangalang four-year-old has won his last three, and only has to carry 54kg given Two For Tea's presence in the race.
Comyn conceded the visiting brigade would be tough to hold out on Sunday, but said a few of the locals were in with a shot.
“Kariz has struck a bit of form of recent time with young Lester Grace on him so he could be an outside chance,” Comyn said.
“If it's a wet track, Street Spirit. It's a good chance if it's a wet track, or even if the sting's just out of it.
“It's [rated] a slow this morning but the weather forecast is it should get to about a dead four I reckon.”
Comyn had hoped to saddle up [n]Hey Porter in the Cup, a Darren Bailey-trained five-year-old he part owns, but will likely settle for the Benchmark 55 Handicap (1600m).
“He missed the run at Canberra last Friday and two-thousand meters will probably be a bit far for him so we're going to go in the mile and he'd be an outside chance I reckon,” Comyn said.
“I'm disappointed, it's a lovely cup.