Gai Waterhouse believes SIEGE OF QUEBEC could develop into her latest winter gem after a patient approach with the brother of Bull Point.
The Fastnet Rock colt has been given time to grow into his frame and begun his career with victory at Newcastle on the Beaumont track but has a stamp of quality. He steps up to city company and 1400 metres at Rosehill on Saturday as the next step in his schooling.
"He such a lovely colt (pictured above as a yearling), very relaxed, but he is still learning his craft. We have not pushed him because you look at him and think he is going to grow into a nice horse," Waterhouse said. "He has a strong family and has always been a good sort and I would say better looking than his brother, who I trained [to run third in a Golden Rose].
"He is bit of a slower maturer than his brother but he is starting to get there.
"He can win a couple of races at this time of year and get that experience of being at the races and you don't know where these horses can finish.”
Star Of Quebec has a powerful group of owners including Coolmore, which parted with $1.2 million for him as a yearling and is looking for him to become a stallion, so the Golden Rose would be an option.
Waterhouse of course took Squamosa through from a winter-winning two-year-old to be a runner-up in the Golden Rose, but was clear that there is no pressure on Star Of Quebec.
He carried blinkers at his first start and Waterhouse said they were more to keep "his mind on the job" and she said she could see the improvement in the colt after returning from her winter holiday.
"He is still bit of a baby and the blinkers just focus him and keep him from being too relaxed. He is very versatile and can really be anywhere in the field," she said.
"He is the sort of horse that is going to get better with racing, but seeing him working during the week I could see the difference in him.
"It is amazing what a win does for a horse and the way he looks I think he'll be keeping the unbeaten record."
Siege Of Quebec is contesting favouritism for the two-year-old race with an impressive midweek winner from the Chris Waller yard, Calculated.
NB: Siege Of Quebec (Fastnet Rock x Rose Of Cimmaron) was purchased from the draft of Newgate Farm from the Inglis Easter Yearling Sale for $1.2m by Tom Magnier, Gai Waterhouse Racing, Nordic Racing and Breeding and Blue Sky Bloodstock's Julian Blaxland. The colt races for; Coolmore, Nordic Racing And Breeding, Mrs B C Bateman, Mr P Hogan, Lady J A Hogan, Emirates Park, Mrs S M Montague, Geraghty Bloodstock Pty Ltd, G1G Racing & Breeding, Ms K Waterhouse
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