The Waterhouse and Bott stable continued their winning start to the 2019/20 Sydney season with two back to back wins at Canterbury on Wednesday with good wins from three-year-old’s Yao Dash and Lakia.
Yao Dash was well supported from $2.80 on Wednesday morning to start at $2.00 on fixed odds in the $50,000, Headwater @ Vinery Handicap (1200m) for colts and geldings and Nash Rawiller had the Smart Missile gelding right in the zone from the moment they entered the main straight.
From the 200m Yao Dash (57kg) showed he had considerable dash sprinting clear to rewards his supporters and the Dynamic Syndications ownership group with a debut win by a decisive 3 1/2L.
Petronius (Redoute’s Choice) (58kg) and James McDonald were second with Colada (Brazen Beau) (56.5kg) and Brenton Avdulla third, the margin a neck.
The time was 1.09.48 on the Good 3 track with the final 600m in a smart 33.70.
Then it was the turn of the three-year-old fillies in the Everest Carnival Handicap (1200m) and Lakia under Tim Clark repeated the performance of her stablemate with an equally as impressive win by 2 3/4L after starting from barrier 12.
Clark drove Lakia (56kg) forward from the outside barrier and they achieved the rails before the turn and Clark steadied the pace before stepping it up again at the 400m. They then dropped the field and headed to the line in command in Lakia’s second race start.
Her first was in the Group 3 Widden Stakes over 1100m at Rosehill back in February where she faded after running in second through the 400m. She was spelled and her return was well judged.
Bollywood (Sepoy) (56.5kg) and Hugh Bowman were second with Lakia’s stablemate Pierro Rose (Pierro) (54.5kg) and Jay Ford third, the margin a neck.
The time was 1.09.50, only fractionally slower than the males, with the final 600m in 34.85. Lakia paid $5.50 on fixed odds and $5.50 on the tote.
Lakia is by Redoute’s Choice out of the Dubawi mare Arabian Gold and she has earned stakes of $36,750 for owners Ms K Waterhouse, Grand Parkview Stud, Mr P Fleming, Mrs A Fleming, Mr M W Leonard, Mr H B Brooks, RKH Thoroughbreds and Mr M Grogan.
The stable took their winning tally to five with the double to be equal with Godolphin with Chris Waller leading on eight winners to-date.
Headwater @ Vinery Handicap
Everest Carnival Handicap, photo finish pictures ATC