Scoring impressively at Canterbury on Wednesday was the Gai Waterhouse trained Ecuador (4g High Chaparral x Bak Da Princess, by Danske), a four year-old with ‘Cups horse’ written all over him.
Ecuador was sent to the paddock back in May after breaking his maiden by seven lengths at Gosford over a mile and was having second run back from a spell over 1550 metres.
Unlucky when finishing second over 1100 metres on August 21, he had no issues this time around, thrashing a handy field to win by four lengths under 59 kg.
“He’s entered for all the major spring features and it’s my job to qualify him for them,” Gai Waterhouse said.
“He’s a very good horse that should’ve won here first-up. Two different horses made him work early today, but he just dropped them when they straightened.
“I’m not sure exactly where he’ll go next but the three big races in Melbourne are within his reach.”
A $360,000 NZB Premier purchase for Amanda Skiffington from the Esker Lodge draft, Ecuador is one of two winners from Bak Da Princess, a half-sister by Danske to Group II winner Bak Da Chief.
Gai Waterhouse won the Caulfield Cup with High Chaparral gelding Descarado in 2010, so knows what is required to get Ecuador on the right path.
High Chaparral stands this spring at a fee of $77,000 alongside his champion son So You Think at $66,000.