By Glenn Davis
Co-trainers Gai Waterhouse and Adrian Bott are hopeful of receiving a call from slot owners in the $13 million The Everest at Randwick in October following Prompt Response’s Group 1 breakthrough in the Tatt’s Tiara at Doomben on Saturday.
Prompt Response, ridden by Blake Shinn, claimed the final Group 1 of the season when the four-year-old mare downed the fast finishing Shillelagh by 1-1/4 lengths in the 1350-metre feature.
Super Cash was third, a further half head away.
Waterhouse and Bott formed a training partnership less than two years ago and Prompt Response’s win was their third Group 1 win of the current season while Shinn claimed his fifth win at elite level this season.
Prompt Response’s victory made amends for her second to Tycoon Tara in last year’s Tatt’s Tiara.
“She’s found it difficult until now to get a Group 1 but she’s been most consistent right throughout her career and from her first start as a two-year-old,” Bott said.
“She’s been in top class races and she’s in career best form now.
“We had the confidence a Group 1 win would come one day and trained a bit differently she could be a real speed mare for us, so we want to give serious consideration about keeping The Everest open for her.
“We’ve always trained her to get a trip and we’d love to see what we could achieve with her.”
The Tatt’s Tiara win was the first for the Waterhouse-Bott partnership but the second for Australia’s first lady of the turf following her win with Cosmic Endeavour in 2014.
Meanwhile Hawkesbury sprinter Spright earned a shot at the spring carnival in Melbourne following her brilliant win in the Group 3 Healy Stakes (1200m).
Spright was near last on the home turn before producing a whirlwind finish to down Tumbler and Havasay.
Spright failed in the Group 3 Glenlogan Park Stakes and Group 2 Dane Ripper Stakes in her previous two Brisbane runs before returning home.
“I took her home for 10 days after her last run because she wasn’t happy and preferred her big paddock at home,” Frazer said.
“I worked her in blinkers and she really flew so I decided to use them in this race.”
Frazer considered running Spright in the Tatt’s Tiara but believed the Healy Stakes was a more suitable option.
“It was tempting to go to the Tatt’s Tiara but she’s a fresh horse who likes dry tracks,” he said.
“She’ll spell now and get ready for the mare’s race in Melbourne in the spring.”
Trainer Michael Costa also will look to the spring with talented filly Malahide who maintained her unblemished record in the Crystal Slipper QTIS Two-Year-Old Fillies Plate (1200m).
Malahide’s win was the first leg of a double for Costa who later won the Class Six Plate with Manaya.
Malahide, an $85,000 buy as a yearling, won on debut at the Gold Coast on June 6 and made it two from two when she powered home to down Pennino by 1-1/4 lengths in class record time.
Costa has been looking for a headline horse for the stable and believes the daughter of Shamus Award has a bright future.
Racing Queensland webnews June 23