Converge is dwarfed standing next to Volcanic Rock but what he lacks in size is made up with a big ticker.
“Converge is quite a small horse and he’d be just over 15 hands but he’s got a very big heart,” Bott said.
“He was a bit unlucky in the Sires when he got further back than we expected and his options were limited.
“He got caught in an awkward position on the home turn but he did well to make up so much ground.”
Bott believed Volcanic Rock was a horse on the improve and he would have no problem handling 1600 metres.
“His win in The Phoenix was a good effort for a horse still improving and it will be interesting to see how he handles the step up in class,” he said.
Bott and Waterhouse have never won the J.J. Atkins since the pair started a training partnership five years ago.
However, Waterhouse has won the feature twice in her own right with Romantic Touch in 2013 and Almalad the following year.
If successful again, Waterhouse will join Chris Waller as the most successful trainers in J.J. Atkins history with three wins apiece.
Waller won his first with Pressday in 2010 followed by Press Statement in 2015 and The Autumn Sun in 2018.