Group 1 winner Hampton Court is yet to produce more of a competitive run of form through the Autumn Carnival but is ready to fire in Saturday’s Group 1 The BMW (2400m) at Rosehill Gardens according to trainer Gai Waterhouse.
Steadily building to the task over spring, Hampton Court ran fourth in the Group 3 Spring Stakes (1600m) and won the Listed Dulcify Quality (1600m) before taking out the Group 1 Spring Champion Stakes (2000m) on October 11th.
Having returned for ninth in the Group 2 Hobartville Stakes (1400m) before beating only a handful of runners home in both the Group 2 Phar Lap Stakes (1500m) and Group 1 Rosehill Guineas (2000m) most recently, Waterhouse is confident of the conditions of the 2015 BMW will play into the strengths of the son of Redoute’s Choice on Saturday.
“You couldn’t make anything of his form so far this campaign because he is a blob, but he is a talented blob,” Waterhouse said.
“He is a magnificent son of Redoute’s Choice and I have sharpened his work up.
“It is a three week back-up, which is a bit unheard of overseas with the colts, but I think he needed it.
“Last week I said that if we could back this horse up again we would find that he could hit his form and I would be surprised if he doesn’t run a very big race.”
Having been partnered by Josh Parr in each of his three competitive starts this time in, Waterhouse confirmed in-form hoop Tommy Berry has been booked to take the ride on Hampton Court in the 2015 The BMW.
“I always say to owners ‘don’t marry yourself to jockeys’,” Waterhouse said.
“My stable has a large group of jockeys riding and I always say to the jockeys ‘what you miss out on this Saturday, you can make up on the next’ and they could miss out on a ride on one thing and they are back on it only two weeks later.
“It all comes around to all of them.”
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