Progressive stayer Western Symbol (5g High Chaparral x Blue Symbol, by Bluebird) scored a tough victory in the Listed ATC JRA Plate at Randwick on Saturday prompting his trainer Gai Waterhouse to announce plans for the son of High Chaparral (IRE) that include the Brisbane and Caulfield Cups.
Waterhouse declared she would win the Group II BRC Brisbane Cup for the second year in a row after Western Symbol outstayed his rivals to post a short neck victory win the 2000 metre feature.
Waterhouse won the Brisbane Cup last year with Tullamore, who is raced by similar connections as Western Symbol.
Tullamore’s victory in the Brisbane staying feature provided the former Kiwi with a berth in the Caulfield Cup a race he finished third in last year and the trainer was adamant punters would see Western Symbol follow in the same footsteps and find himself in this year’s Caulfield Cup.
“Absolutely, he’ll win the Brisbane Cup,” Waterhouse said. “He’s a really exciting horse.”
Winning jockey Tommy Berry believes Western Symbol has the right attributes for a Cups campaign after the galloper travelled three and four deep in transit.
“He’s so tough. It’s like he teases his rivals and only beats them by what he has to,” Berry said.
“He could have won by more.”
Bought privately, Western Symbol has won six races and placed six times from 14 starts earning $238,740 in prizemoney and is the first stakes-winner for Bluebird mare Blue Symbol, whose dam is a half-sister to Group I WATC West Australian Derby winner Starjo.
Western Symbol is one of 35 stakes-winners for English Derby winner High Chaparral, whose AJC Derby winning son Shoot Out (5g High Chaparral x Pentamerous, by Pentire) went close to winning the Group I ATC Doncaster Handicap when finishing a gallant second to champion mare More Joyous.