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Pornichet A WFA Horse: Waterhouse
Gai Waterhouse has described Pornichet (Vespone-Porza, by Septieme Ciel) as a genuine weight-for-age horse as he prepares for Saturday's Gr1 Doomben Cup (2000m) in Brisbane. The French-bred import tuned up for the $650,000 feature with an impressive victory in the Toowoomba Cup last weekend, after missing out on a start in the Gr2 Hollindale Stakes the week before. Waterhouse says the seven-day turnaround does not concern her, nor does the step up to weight-for-age company. Indeed, a look at Pornichet's record indicates Waterhouse is probably right and shows he is a legitimate Gr1 performer. The 4YO finished third to Karakontie in the French 2,000 Guineas at Longchamp as a 3YO, and then two starts ago he closed strongly from the rear of the field to finish fifth behind Kermadec in the Doncaster Mile. Writing on her blog, Waterhouse is adamant that the best is yet to come from Pornichet. "He is putting together a good record in Australia and he is only going to get better and better," she wrote. "I will most likely back the entire up in the Doomben Cup on Saturday where he will be exceptionally hard to beat. Make no mistake…Pornichet is a WFA horse in the making and the way he puts himself into a race and hits the line is indicative of a very good racehorse." She added, "The entire is a true demonstration of a quality European middle distance horse. He has the bone and muscle tone that I long for in a 2000m horse and he has the turn of speed that a horse requires when it races in Australia. One thing is for sure; Pornichet is flying, he is thriving in QLD and he will be very hard to beat in his Group One assignments in the coming weeks."