Hush Writer (Image: Bradley Photos)
Gai Waterhouse is hoping another Japanese-bred runner could make his way into a feature staying race this spring following the St Leger win at Randwick of Hush Writer.
Wolfe, who was purchased at the same time at Hush Writer in a deal that contained four horses, performed credibly when he tired later in the Caulfield Cup but now Hush Writer could be the stable's No.1 seed for the Melbourne Cup if he can get into the race.
Hush Writer was 52nd in order for a Melbourne Cup run on the minimum of 50 kilograms but he is liable for a penalty, although it is unlikely to be enough to promote him into the field.
"Melbourne, I would like to get him down there," Waterhouse said after the all-the-way victory. "Exactly what sort of path we take and how we do it I'm not sure how we go about it."
Hush Writer is likely to need to win the Lexus on Victoria Derby Day to assure himself of a start. On Saturday, he was dominant, winning at $6 by two-and-a-quarter lengths over Carif ($14), with Sir Charles Road ($6.50) a head away third.
"He's a beautiful horse," Waterhouse said. "Most pleasing thing is that he has matured mentally as a horse. He has relaxed in his races. Twelve months ago you couldn't rate him in a race like this. He's got that turn of foot and you can do that over a trip."
Winning rider Tim Clark said: "He did a good job. I was able to control the race and turn it into a bit of a sprint home. Dry ground is the key to him. He's a quirky horse but he's improving all the time and he's a nice stayer."
The win of Hush Writer followed a remarkable return to the winner's stall by veteran Happy Clapper ($3.70) in the Craven Plate over 2000 metres.
Jockey Tommy Berry was forced to make an early move and took Happy Clapper to the front. Initially, trainer Pat Webster was aghast, but later he paid him a great compliment.
"I think it was a great ride," Webster said. "I looked the other way. I didn't think he could keep doing it. He's just raced to another level today. I didn't think when he took off he could keep going. A great horse for me to be able to train him.
"He's an amazing animal. He's broken $7 million now. We can get that new car Chrissie."