SAVAPINSKI Completes Fabulous Four Days at Flemington for Gai Waterhouse and Adrian Bott

13 Nov 17

Trainers Gai Waterhouse and Adrian Bott continued their excellent Melbourne Cup carnival collecting more success on the final day.

Winning the Gr1 VRC Oaks Adrian Boot & Gai Waterhouse

No trainer has recorded more wins over the carnival, with the highlight for Waterhouse being when she snapped her Kennedy Oaks drought when Pinot won the Group I last Thursday.

PINOT (by Pierro) wins the VRC Oaks for Gai & Adrian

Like Pinot, Savapinski is relatively inexperienced and was having just her seventh start when she blew them away in the Matriarch Stakes (2000m).

Four days of Waterhouse-Bott magic, that’s what we witnessed as Gai Waterhouse and her training partner Adrian Bott completed a rare spring feat of preparing a black type winner on each of the four days at Flemington after lightly-raced mare Savapinski ran clear for a commanding win in the group 2 Matriarch Stakes.

Gai Waterhouse racked up a winner on every day of the Flemington carnival as the Victoria Racing Club ambassador capped a huge week when Savapinski ran her rivals into the ground in the Matriarch Stakes.

The victory of Savapinski in the Gr2 Matriarch Stakes provided the Waterhouse and Bott stable their fifth win for the carnival (all in stakes races), with a winner on each of the four days at Flemington.

Gai was the Queen of Flemington on Saturday after Savapinski wins Matriarch

Gai Waterhouse is the First Lady of Australian Racing but the Queen of Flemington might be a more fitting moniker after winning the Oaks with Pinot on Thursday, Gai’s roll continued with Savapinski.

Savapinski capped an incredible Cup Week for Gai Waterhouse and Adrian Bott.

It all started with Cismontane’s Group 3 Lexus Stakes win on Derby Day.

The Waterhouse-Bott training partnership then had a double on Cup Day with Setsuna winning the Group 3 Ottawa Stakes and Our Crown Mistress taking out the Listed Lexus Hybrid Stakes, before Pinot scored an outstanding win in the Group 1 Victoria Oaks

Now add the win by Dynamic Syndications mare Savapinski in the Group 2 Matriarch Stakes it was the crowning glory of a wonderful carnival.

Waterhouse, who trains in partnership with Adrian Bott, left Flemington with training honours and earning the title of Trainer of the Carnival.

“It’s fantastic,’’ Waterhouse said. “They’ve said we’ve won the trainers award for having the most amount of winners, that’s something I’ve never done before. It’s a big thrill.”

Waterhouse-Bott’s fabulous four days at Flemington:

Victoria Derby day:
Won - Cismontane $16 in group 3 Lexus Stakes

Melbourne Cup day:
Won Setsuna ($4.60) in group 3 Ottawa Plate.
Won - Our Crown Mistress ($2.60) in listed Lexus Hybrid Plate.

VRC Oaks day:
Won - Pinot ($5.50) in group 1 VRC Oaks

Emirates day:
Won - Savapinski ($4.80) in group 2 Matriarch Stakes

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