Cosmic Endeavour gets a chance to add another Group 1 win to her record when she lines up over her pet distance in the 1400m $400,000 Anthea Crawford Sir Rupert Clarke Stakes at Caulfield today.
Three of Cosmic Endeavour’s five wins have been over 1400m, including the Group 1 $500,000 Sky Racing Tattersall’s Tiara (1400m) at Eagle Farm during the 2014 Brisbane Winter Carnival.
“The mare has an imposing record at 1400m and she is seeing Caulfield for the third time,” Waterhouse wrote on her blog.
“There is just one other Group 1 winning mare in the field, and I have complete faith that my mare is on the right track.”
Cosmic Endeavour’s other Group 1 victory was an all the way win in the $500,000 Canterbury Stakes (1300m) at Randwick during the Sydney Autumn Carnival earlier this year.
Waterhouse took the Northern Meteor mare straight to Melboourne to kick off her Spring Carnival campaign and she made up plenty of ground first up to finish seventh to Madam Gangster in the Group 3 $150,000 William Hill Sprint Series Heat 1 Stakes (Cockram Stakes) (1200m) Caulfield on August 29.
Cosmic Endeavour was again ridden back in the field before producing a late flourish to finish a close up fifth to Amicus in the Group 2 $200,000 Let’s Elope Stakes (1400m) at Flemington on September 12 with Kerrin McEvoy wearing Bart Cummings’ famous green and gold diagonal stripes.
Waterhouse was very happy with the run and expects the Group 1 winning mare to be close to her peak today.
“She has absolutely flourished since arriving in Melbourne and this race, along with the Myer Classic on Derby day, have been in my mind since the autumn in regards to Cosmic Endeavour,” Waterhiouse wrote.
“In the Group 2 race last start, wearing Bart’s famous silks, Cosmic Endeavour was beaten just half a length. She has weight relief this week and she has proven she flies in Group 1 events.”
“I am very confident this mare is back to her best.”
McEvoy is aboard Cosmic Endeavour again and from barrier ten will be able to follow Charmed Harmony, barrier nine, across as John Sadler trained six year old looks to take up his customary role as pacemaker.
After some early support during the week, Cosmic Endeavour has eased from $13 to $16 with Ladbrokes.com.au while the favourite, Disposition has firmed slightly from $4 to $3.80 to be at the top of the market order for the Sir Rupert Clarke Stakes.
Sir Rupert Clarke Stakes market order at Ladbrokes.com.au: $3.80 Disposition, $5 Under The Louvre, $7.50 Stratum Star, $13 Lucky Hussler, $14 Amicus, $16 Cosmic Endeavour, Rich Enuff, $17 Charmed Harmony, $21 Fast ‘N’ Rocking, $26 Amorino, Strawberry Boy, Gregers, $31 Abidewithme, $34 Petrology, Hopfgarten, $51 Leebaz, $61 Bull Point, $201 We’re Gonna Rock.