Written by Paul Vettise
Flawless manners paved the way for a convincing victory for Unite And Conquer (Hinchinbrook) in Saturday’s Listed Maribyrnong Trial S., at Flemington.
The precocious youngster was quickly into stride from barrier rise to take up the running and, from that point on the colt had the race in safe keeping.
Unite And Conquer was clear 200 metres from home and he comfortably held Sun City (Zoustar), who made steady but unthreatening ground from the back, at bay by two and a-quarter lengths with Grand Scholar (Wandjina) boxed on well enough for third.
“He jumped like a true professional to get to the rail and that’s where he won the race.” – Gai Waterhouse.
“He jumped like a true professional to get to the rail and that’s where he won the race,” said Gai Waterhouse, who trains with Adrian Bott. “He got into his rhythm and he was dominant.
“We thought he would be well-placed down here and he’ll go on to the Maribyrnong Plate. It’s lovely to win at Flemington and during the carnival. He’s a lovely, big and strong type.”
Unite And Conquer was ridden by Stephen Baster and he paid tribute to the conditioning and educational skills of Waterhouse and Bott.
“When you get on Gai and Adrian’s horses you know how well-educated they are and that makes my job easy.”- Stephen Baster.
“When you get on Gai and Adrian’s horses you know how well-educated they are and that makes my job easy,” he said. “He’s done everything right and it’s great to get the win.”
The 2-year-old is the only named foal of Maglissa (Magnus), who won three races and she is a daughter of the G1 Flight S., winner Danglissa (Danzero). It is also the family of the G3 Festival S., and G3 Toy Show H., winner Sweet Redemption (Snitzel)
Unite And Conquer was an $80,000 purchase at the Magic Millions Gold Coast Yearling Sale and was signed for by Waterhouse and Bott and Blueblood Thoroughbreds’ director Carol Walsh.
“I’m really happy for our owners and with that performance from Unite And Conquer,” Walsh said.