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Waterhouse Considering Sydney Start For The Offer
Gai Waterhouse has indicated that Melbourne Cup favourite The Offer (Montjeu-Valdara, by Darshaan) may have one start in Sydney before basing himself in Melbourne for the spring, reports racenet.com.au. Waterhouse was initially favouring an exclusive Melbourne campaign for the son of Montjeu who was set to follow a similar path to last year's Melbourne Cup winner Fiorente. But the Randwick trainer commented that connections haven't locked in anything just yet. "I want to make sure he's nice and fit before he resumes because I think a mile first-up will be perfect for him," Waterhouse said. "The Dato Tan Chin Nam (Gr2 WFA at Moonee Valley on 6 September) looks a nice race for him but I haven't ruled out keeping him in Sydney for one run." The Gr2 Chelmsford Stakes is run at Randwick on the same day and over the same distance as the Dato Tan Chin Nam and is the most likely target should he have one run in Sydney. The last horse to claim the Chelmsford Stakes/Melbourne Cup double was Delta in 1951. Saintly was placed in the 1996 Chelmsford Stakes before winning both the Cox Plate and Melbourne Cup while Gurners Lane in 1982 is the only other horse to place in the Chelmsford and win the Melbourne Cup since 1980.
The Offer (Image: Steve Hart)