Waterhouse: Hush Writer just right for Cups
GAI Waterhouse hopes an experiment of buying four Japanese weanlings in 2015 with an aim of finding a Melbourne Cup winner can come to fruition later this year with Hush Writer.
Hush Writer was one of six highly credentialed Japanese horses who arrived at the Werribee quarantine centre on Monday.
Three of the stayers, Tosen Basil, Admire Robson and Cassius, will join Darren Weir, while Anthony Freedman will train Happy Moment and Danon Roman.
The quintet were bought by Ozzie Kheir for his Victorian syndicate.
Six-year-old Tosen Basil finished sixth in the 3200m Tenno Sho at Kyoto in April and is a $26 chance for the Melbourne Cup with TAB Fixed Odds.
But Hush Writer has taken a different path, with the Japanese-bred three-year-old colt having three starts in France.
Trained by Francis Graffard, he finished second on debut before winning his next start, both at Longchamp. He then ran third in the Group 2 Prix Hocquart Longines (2400m) at Chantilly.
Waterhouse hopes Hush Writer can follow in the footsteps of Rekindling last year and win the Melbourne Cup as a northern hemisphere three-year-old.
She said Hush Writer was the result of a plan that involved buying four weanling colts in Japan three years ago.
Waterhouse entered a partnership with Craig Thompson from Mount Hallowell Stud, Western Australia, and her husband Robbie selected the horses.
"We couldn't afford to buy proven Japanese horses, and also the market for proven stayers in Europe had also got too expensive," she said.
Waterhouse said they paid about $200,000 for each of the four horses.
Waterhouse said due to ownership restrictions in Japan, the colts were sent to France.
One of the colts strained a tendon and had to be sold, two arrived in Australia earlier this year and Hush Writer joined them this week.
"He's an exciting prospect," she said of Hush Writer. "I saw him on Monday and he's a magnificent colt. He's got an exciting turn of foot and if you wanted to buy him you'd be paying upwards of $2 million.
"He's set for the Caulfield Cup and the Melbourne Cup and he's the right sort of horse for those races."