Hat-trick hopeful: Gai Waterhouse is confident Law can give her three successive Silver Slipper wins. Photo: Jenny EvansIt’s not Neighbours but Gai Waterhouse has a Kylie Minogue appeal in episode one, “Gai TV – The Lady trainer” it says on her website. Waterhouse took viewers to Randwick trackwork this week and gives an insight into her energy. “Law is going super,” she said of her top prospect in Saturday’s Silver Slipper at Rosehill. The camera follows Waterhouse during the gallops, picking up horses and reports from her jockeys and staff. The trainer also confides about her diet, displaying dry fruit and almonds that keep her going, good for humans but hopefully horses are on stronger fuel. Law takes on Unencumbered, which is second favourite for the Golden Slipper, and Mossfun, prepared by Team Hawkes. However, Waterhouse is confident the Breeders’ Plate form is best and Law, successful in the Randwick juvenile, will prove too good, giving her three Silver Slippers in a row as she took the past two with Sweet Idea and Pierro. A Star Thoroughbreds colt, Law has had the benefit of a recent win, a condition factor that could prove vital on the rain-affected conditions. Waterhouse has a back-up in Hampton Court who she regards as the danger. Magic Millions winner Unencumbered was the early favourite but four bookmakers in the Racenet poll of leading betting houses made him their “lay” of the day. Verdict: Law.Pitched praise
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Waterhouse reached singing budgie pitch about Ecuador, the hot favourite in the opening event, a benchmark 95 over 1400 metres. “Just how good is he going?” she exclaimed after watching Ecuador workout. “He glided along and then exploded.” Ecuador, a winner on slow, scored first-up over the Rosehill 1400m on February 15 but, at this stage of his preparation, staying at the same journey as last start raises a query. Possibly the son of High Chaparral would be better suited by longer. Waterhouse has Almighty Charge entered in the same race and both are frontrunners, so the stablemates might control the tempo. Verdict: Ecuador.Roca and roll

The big push in the Hobartville Stakes from ”Gai TV” came from stable manager and track rider, Mark Newnham, for Woodbine. “He is one of the most improved horses in the stable,” Newnham enthused on camera. “And I’m sure the 1400 metres will suit him better.” Waterhouse also has Romantic Touch and Liberty’s Choice in a Hobartville that has a strong New Zealand contingent. Perhaps the Kiwi El Roca, with the benefit of a recent win, will prove superior to Atlante, trained by Murray Baker, but Dissident, too, should be considered. Dissident didn’t look as fit as El Roca when beaten two lengths by him in the Eskimo Prince (1200m) at Rosehill on February 15. “El Roca has been backed from $3.15 to $2.80 and punters think he’ll do the job again,” Betfair’s Daniel Bevan said. Verdict: El Roca.Watch weather

Waterhouse reckons it was a “tragedy” Tamariz, a top contender in the last event, didn’t score last start. On paper, the opinion is hard to justify but the trainer is confident about the way he is progressing. Tamariz has won on heavy and after five starts this preparation, he will be well suited if the ground chops up. Waterhouse also has Dormello in support, while Chris Waller has other top chances in topweight Black Jag and the well-fancied Forever Crazy. Verdict: Tamariz.Guineas on a plate

The Australian Guineas at Flemington lacks the Waterhouse pizazz but does have a Cox Plate winner in Shamus Award, suited by the set-weight conditions. Shamus Award is rated 115 by Victorian handicappers while the promising Eurozone gets 98. “Was good first-up before getting tired late,”Centrebet’s Michael Felgate said about Shamus Award. “Worked brilliantly since and has been set for this race.” Ratings are based on what horses have done and not potential, where Eurozone and Hucklebuck figure prominently. Verdict: Shamus Award.

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