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Historic Occasion at Royal Randwick on TAB Epsom Day

Gai Waterhouse and Adrian Bott leave their mark on the Sydney Everest Carnival

September 30, 2023

TAB Epsom Day went to new heights as the Sydney Everest Carnival continued at Royal Randwick.

The highlight of the day included Kathy O’Hara and Rachel King becoming the first female jockeys in Australia to ride Group 1 winners on the same program.

Kathy O’Hara took out the $1.5 million TAB Epsom on the Chris Waller trained Rediener, while Rachel King won the James Squire Metropolitan on Just Fine for Gai Waterhouse and Adrian Bott. This victory also gave Gai Waterhouse her ninth victory in the race.

The day belonged to Gai Waterhouse and Adrian Bott, with the training duo claiming four winners including a Group 1 double.

Their day commenced with promising juvenile Espionage landing a decent move ($17-$8 TAB) in the Arrowfield Breeders Plate. Premier jockey Blake Shinn threw everything at the Zoustar colt to get him over the line.

Next for Waterhouse/Bott was Ganbare (Tim Clark) in the $250,000 Catanach’s Jewellers Dulcify Stakes, while Tropical Squall led throughout for the pair with Adam Hyeronimus in the saddle in the Flight Stakes.

Rounding out proceedings was hot favourite Just Fine in the $750,000 Group 1 James Squire Metropolitan. Given a peach of a ride by Rachel King to stalk the leader Spirit Ridge, the pair had to fight tooth and nail to get past the frontrunner and only did so in the shadows of the post.

In the TAB Epsom, Rediener finished best to hold off stablemate Kovalica, which flashed home late for superstar jockey Joao Moreira. Golden Mile, which led most of the way for James Cummings and Godolphin, wound up in third.

Racegoers not only enjoyed action on the track, but off it too, thanks to a performance by DJ Havana Brown in the Theatre of the Horse as part of the ‘After The Last’ concert series.

Other highlights on the day included:

*Current TAB Everest favourite Think About It resuming on a high with a narrow win in the Group 2 $1million Precise Air Premiere Stakes

*Kathy O’Hara winning her third Group 1 thanks to Rediener in the $1.5million TAB Epsom Handicap

*Tiz Invincible, despite being beaten, taking out the Darley Princess Series thanks to her two strong wins in the Furious and Tea Rose Stakes

*Tommy Berry returning to metropolitan racing as a winner thanks to Manaal (Michael Freedman) in the Kenneland Gimcrack Stakes

Focus now turns to Rosehill Gardens next Saturday for the next day of the Sydney Everest Carnival – Hill Stakes Day (7 October).

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