Top juvenile trainer Gai Waterhouse is chasing her seventh Golden Slipper with star colt Farnan.
Gai and training partner Adrian Bott prepare Golden Slipper favourite Farnan and should the colt win the $3.5 million race on Saturday week it will give Gai her an unparalleled 7th victory in the time honoured event.
Gai currently shares the Golden Slipper honours board with her late father Tommy and Farnan is now the Slipper favourite following his dominant Todman Stakes win.
Farnan is the sixth foal of the good race mare Tallow who was purchased at the 2017 Magic Millions Broodmare Sale on behalf of Phoenix Thoroughbreds by David Lucas, a good friend and client of Ontrack.
Tallow was in foal to Not A Single Doubt and the resultant foal was Farnan, who was put through the ring at the 2019 Magic Millions Sale and knocked down to Aquis Farm and Phoenix for $550,000.
Farnan was in fact foaled and reared in Queensland, on the Lucas Bloodstock farm at Boonah. He carries the farms LUC brand on his near side.
Farnan has now won four of his five race day starts and now heads to Rosehill in a fortnight to add to Gai’s previous winners Ha Ha (2001), Dance Hero (2004), Sebring (2008), Pierro (2012), Overreach (2013) and Vancouver (2015).
It’s a well-trodden path for Gai as Pierro and Vancouver also won the Todman before their Slipper wins.
Gai’s history of success and Adrian Bott’s youth and enthusiasm has reinvigorated the stable and is a major reason for Ontrack Thoroughbreds joining the Tulloch Lodge setup.
We currently have an unraced Lonhro 2yo colt in work with Waterhouse and Bott and bought a Capitalist filly at the January Magic Millions Sale for the stable.
The Capitalist filly is out of Urban Groove, a Listed winner for Gai in a short but spectacular career which ended with a fourth placing in the Group One Flight Stakes.