Gai Waterhouse may have lost one stallion prospect for the autumn, in unbeaten two-year-old Fighting Sun, but she is confident of making another when Bull Point runs the Futurity at Caulfield on Saturday.
Fighting Sun was commanding in the Canonbury Stakes at Rosehill on Saturday, and was immediately moved to second favourite for the Golden Slipper after a three-length win, but pulled up sore. The Northern Meteor colt had scans at the Randwick Equine Centre on Sunday morning but it remains unclear how long he will be out.
''We still have to ascertain what the injury is exactly but he will miss the Golden Slipper,'' Waterhouse said.
''That's disappointing because I think he is most talented and the best two-year-old in the country. He is from a stallion which is no longer with us, and really looked a stallion in the making himself.
''His two wins have been devastating and we'll have to wait to the spring for him to confirm how good he is.''
Waterhouse will launch an attack on Caulfield's biggest autumn meeting, led by Bull Point. She will have unbeaten filly Nayeli and colt Francesco for co-owner Greg Kolivos in the Blue Diamond, while Melbourne Cup winner Fiorente returns in the Peter Young Stakes.
Another son of Fastnet Rock, Bull Point is starting to live up to his $900,000 yearling price tag. He finished his first campaign with a remarkable third to Zoustar in the Golden Rose at his only attempt at group 1 racing. Bull Point was tailed off before the turn but produced a remarkable turn of foot to fill the placing. He has returned a more mature three-year-old and toyed with his rivals in the Manfred Stakes first-up.
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