Golden Slipper winner Overreach is back on track for a Spring Carnival campaign after winning a barrier trial at Randwick today.
The Gai Waterhouse stable was disappointed when Overreach was beaten in a 1050m trial on August 19, but the Exceed And Excel filly looks to have found her zip with a comfortable win over the same distance today.
In a small field of three, Overreach was able to score by a length and three quarters over the Peter Snowden trained Barbed, clocking 34.57s for the final 600m.
Overreach was originally heading for the Group 1 $1m Golden Rose Stakes (1400m) at Rosehill on Saturday, but Waterhouse was forced to look elsewhere when the filly took a little longer to come right following a short ease up after her Autumn campaign.
Waterhouse said after the August 19 trial that Overreach was going through a growth spurt and she wasn’t sure when she would make her Spring Carnival debut.
“I was expecting more from her,” Waterhouse told Racenet.
“She’s going through a growth phase.”
Overreach was the toast of Tulloch Lodge in the Autumn when she won back to back Group 1 $3.5m Tooheys New Golden Slipper (1200m) at Rosehill for Waterhouse following Pierro’s sensational win the previous year.
Last year’s Golden Slipper winner also took Waterhouse’s overall tally to five, only one win behind her legendary father Tommy Smith who saddled up six winners of the riches two year old race in the world.
Overreach is the winner of three races from five starts, with earnings of $2.3 million in prizemoney.