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Japanese-Bred Colt Eyeing Melbourne Cup

Friday, 24th August 2018

One of the more fascinating stories set to unfold over the spring is that of Japanese-bred colt Hush Writer. In 2015, Mount Hallowell Stud owner Craig Thompson enlisted the help of champion trainer Gai Waterhouse to acquire four Japanese-bred colts to bring home and target some of Australia's feature staying events. One of those colts, Hush Writer (Rulership-Star Of Sapphire, by Tapit), is now in the care of Waterhouse and co-trainer Adrian Bott having commenced his career in France. Hush Writer became the first horse from Hallowell Stud's ground breaking venture to win a race when landing the Prix Figaroscope (2000m) at ParisLongchamp in May. He was subsequently placed in the Gr2 Prix Hocquart (2400m) at Chantilly in June. Speaking to Sky Sports Radio yesterday, Bott said plans for the 3YO were still being worked out but the stable had identified one race they would like to target in the spring. "We would love to qualify him for the Melbourne Cup, that's the ultimate aim," Bott said. "We just have to find the right races that will get his rating up so he can qualify. There is still more planning to be done as to how we achieve that." Bott added: "He will trial at Flemington as we are keen to give him some experience that way of going. We haven't finalised his program just yet because we want to see what the jump-out shows us." However, But Bott stressed that Hush Writer was still very much a work-in-progress. "He is a lightly raced horse with a lot of upside but whether a race like that comes around too soon we will soon find out."

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