Prominent Perth trainer Dan Morton is keen to put his smart sprinter Watermans Bay on the International stage after he scored back to back wins in the Group 3 $250,000 A.J. Scahill Stakes (1400m) at Ascot in Perth last Saturday.
Watermans Bay created history and proved himself to be one of the best sprinters in Perth when he repeated last year’s effort of a last to first win over the same horse, Magnifisio.
Top Sydney rider Tommy Berry was in saddle in 2014 when Watermans Bay scored a one and a quarter lengths wins over Magnifisio but this year Perth’s leading jockey William Pike steered the seven year old to his historic half a length win.
Morton has had success in the past at Royal Ascot in England with Scenic Blast winning the 2009 Group 1 £350,000 The King’s Stand Stakes (5 furlongs) and he believes that Watermans Bay would hold his own in the elite company.
“I would like to think he could get an invitation somewhere,” Morton told RWWA Thoroughbred News.
“I’ve been to England before and they have planes to Hong Kong and Dubai.
“He is the real deal this horse and is very, very good.
“Buffering beat him but if not for a howling easterly he wins.
Morton acknowledges that Watermans Bay is getting on in years but said that he is racing in the best form of his career and proved that two starts back when second to six times Group 1 winner Buffering in the Group 1 $1m Crown Perth-Winterbottom Stakes (1200m) at Ascot, Perth on November 21.
“Obviously he is a late maturing type who is coming into his own now,” Morton said.
“The horse is going every bit as good as he was last year.”
“He’s just a charm horse to train.
“He certainly knows where the winning post is.”
Saturday’s A.J. Schahill Stakes win was Watermans Bay eleventh from forty starts and took his prizemoney earnings to over $1,400,000.
Morton has a good chance to claim another Perth Summer Carnival feature race with three year old Man Booker who is likely to line up in the Group 1 $1m Kingston Town Classic (1800m) at Ascot next Saturday.
Man Booker raced in the middle of the pack before going on to win the Group 2 $500,000 Sky Racing-W.A. Guineas (1600m) at Ascot in Perth on November 21.
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