Morton Plans Melbourne Campaign For Watermans Bay

6
Jan

Trainer Dan Morton is planning to campaign Watermans Bay in Melbourne during the autumn.

The son of Eternity Range is back in Morton’s stable after enjoying a successful Ascot carnival.

The seven-year-old had a brief let up after winning the Group 3 Scahill Stakes (1400m) and running a close second in the Group 1 Winterbottom Stakes (1400m).

Watermans Bay was a welcome and unexpected addition to Morton’s team after racing under Mark Kavanagh’s banner in Melbourne.

The gelding finished sixth to In Cahoots (1200m) at Caulfield and filled the same position behind Reparations (1200m) at Flemington.

Watermans Bay was previously under the care of Peter and Matthew Giadresco in Bunbury where he won eight races from 28 starts.

His best efforts for the father and son combination came early in 2014 when he won the Listed Pinjarra Classic (1300m).

He also ran second to Amorino on his home track in the Listed Bunbury Stakes (1400m) before venturing east.

“I’m keen to slideaway to the east coast and have a look at the Lightning and Newmarket with him,” said Morton on Tabradio.

“Obviously we haven’t had our hands on him that long but what he has shown me is he looks an ideal type for the straight races.”

Morton will be hoping Waterman’s Bay can achieve the same success as Morton’s previous superstar sprinter, Scenic Blast.

The former Australian Horse of the Year claimed the Group 1 double of the Lightning Stakes (1000m) and Newmarket Handicap (1200m) down the Flemington straight in 2009.

A race named in his honour, the Listed Scenic Blast Stakes (1200m), is the main feature at Ascot on Saturday.