Patience Pays as 'Biscuit Wins on Australian Derby Day

Bentley Biscuit rewarded the patience of his owners and collected an appropriate group I victory for trainer Gai Waterhouse on Australian Derby day April 7.

This Peintre Celebre son is raced by Waterhouse and North American owner George Mooratoff.

Waterhouse had twice previously won the Australian Jockey Club’s fall feature sprint named for her late father, T.J. Smith.

However, the third win in just the eleventh edition of the AUS$600,000 race, came just a few days after the AJC honored Tommy Smith with a statue of the 33-time leading Sydney trainer in the track’s training area.

“It made this win very special for myself, and the rest of the Smith clan,” Waterhouse said after the race.

The weight-for-age race also provided an auspicious start for a new teaming of the Waterhouse barn with Nash Rawiller, whom the trainer enticed to relocate from Melbourne to Sydney.

Bentley Biscuit delivered the trainer her 79th career group I and her 45th at Randwick.

Bred by Lorraine Smith and David Thomas at their Davilora Lodge in Victoria, Bentley Biscuit was snapped up by Waterhouse for AUS$120,000 at the 2003 Australian Easter Yearling Sale.

Finding an owner for the the second foal from Tycoon Joy (by Last Tycoon (IRE)) proved more difficult.

In desperation she rang Mooratoff at home in London. He agreed to take a half interest in the colt if Waterhouse retained the other half. Deal!

But patience was required with the subsequently gelded horse. Niggling injuries restricted his early career and in the back half of his 5-year-old season he has raced just 16 times -- for 10 wins and $945,000.

In the fall of 2006 he finished a great third in Australia’s leading mile handicap, the Doncaster (Aus-I). Last spring he won a group III sprint, The Shorts at 1,100 meters.

Bentley Biscuit is the ninth group I winner globally for Peintre Celebre and the third in Australia, where the Nureyev son worked six seasons to 2003.

And he could well be the best left in the south by the 1997 Prix du Jockey Club [Derby] and Prix de l'Arc de Triomphe (both Fr-I) hero.

Bentley Biscuit (7-2) won the Smith by 1 1/4 lengths from Black Ink (14-1), with Virage De Fortune (14-1) another three-quarters of a length away third.

Time for the 1,200 meters was elongated by the heavy ground, the first half split in :32.26 and the back 600 meters :38.36 for a gross of 1:10.62.

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