Saturday Spotlight


TRAINER: Gai Waterhouse and Adrian Bott
RACE: Petaluma Handicap (1000m)

Gai Waterhouse and Adrian Bott will be hoping that Coincide (Invader) can have much more luck today as he contests the Petaluma Handicap (1000m) at Randwick today.

The two-year-old colt made a promising debut when runner-up to Barber (Exceed And Excel) in the Kirkham Plate (1000m) over course and distance, before an unlucky passage in the Golden Gift (1100m), won by his Randwick conqueror, saw him finish ninth.

Now, co-trainer Adrian Bott is hoping that the son of Invader (Snitzel) can put that valuable spring experience to good use and qualify himself for next month’s $2 million Inglis Millennium (RL, 1100m) at Randwick.

“There’s a lot to like about the manner in which he ran first-up, if we can repeat that it’d be great,’’ Bott told Racing NSW.

“He was very good when racing that way on debut and just in the Golden Gift there was plenty of speed on and he got back, struck a bit of interference in the middle stages. 

“It got him on the wrong leg and got him unbalanced on the turn, it was a disaster for him from that point.” 

Coincide currently sits 14th in the order of entry for the Inglis Millennium, set to be run on February 11. 

“It puts him in a good position. He’s pretty well seasoned and has had a good break off the back of it,’’ Bott said.

“He’s trialled up nicely and looks to have improved. Hopefully with a bit of racing, and the break, he can take benefit from it. Ideally, we can get him qualified here through a positive return.”

A $320,000 purchase for his trainers and Kestrel Thoroughbreds out of the Evergreen Stud Farm draft at last year’s Inglis Australian Easter Yearling Sale, Coincide is out of the Shamardal (Giant’s Causeway) mare Conversely, making him a half-brother to J.J. Atkins (Gr 1, 1600m) and Randwick Guineas (Gr 1, 1600m) winner Converge (Frankel).

Conversely foaled a filly by Divine Prophet (Choisir) in 2021 that will be sold as Lot 82 at April’s Inglis Australian Easter Yearling Sale, but slipped back to Frankel (Galileo) last year. Invader stands at Aquis Farm for a fee of $22,000 (inc GST).