Newspaper article Fraser Coast Chronicle (Hervey Bay, Australia)

Cup Finally Runneth over for Gai

Newspaper article Fraser Coast Chronicle (Hervey Bay, Australia)

Cup Finally Runneth over for Gai

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GAI WATERHOUSE was bubbling over with excitment when she landed her first Caulfield Cup win with the gutsy Descarado who endured a tough run but refused to give up in the $2.5 million race.

Waterhouse, who landed her 100th Group One winner earlier this month, has been trying to win the 2400m Caulfield Cup, one of Australia's top four races, for years.

Her father, the legendary Tommy Smith, won the Caulfield four times, and Waterhouse had run second with Aqua D'Amour in 2006 and third with Iron Horse in 1996.

On Saturday the stable saddled up Herculian Prince ($9, ninth) and the lesser fancied Descarado ($17).

Ridden by Chris Munce, the gelding was trapped wide from barrier 15 but kept finding under pressure to hold out New Zealander Harris Tweed ($17) by a length with Monaco Consul ($21) 1A- lengths away third.

"It's absolutely a dream come true," Waterhouse said.

"It's no use kidding yourself. Last year I sat at the Cup and I thought: CyBugger this, I'm going to have a few stayers around me. …

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