BIGGER, stronger, faster, better.

These are the attributes that make the Gai Waterhouse SUGAR RUSH the most talked about two-year-old in Sydney after the official 2YO Heats were held at Warwick Farm on Monday.

Unlike all other barrier trials, these ones were competitive given the limited availability of berths in the Breeders’ Plate and Gimcrack Stakes on Saturday week.

Think of these as the Olympic heats – miss out here and you will miss out.

Sugar Rush had already booked her spot on the starting blocks in the Gimcrack courtesy of a brilliant trial win at Randwick on September 10.

She didn’t have to win on Monday – but sometimes you can’t help it, you’re just that good.

Sugar Rush, who was bred by John Singleton, was sold for $690,000 at the Magic Millions on the Gold Coast.

She is by Waterhouse favourite More Than Ready out of Lee Freedman’s up and going 2Y0 Sugar Babe who ran fifth in her Magic Millions quest.

There is every chance that Sugar Rush will head to Queensland herself come January and potentially give Waterhouse her fifth Magic Millions win.

Australia’s accepted two-year-old queen, Waterhouse was well represented across the board and no doubt pleased with the efforts of More Joyous’ little sister, MOST JOYFUL (3rd), and three-quarter-brother WAR who was most impressive winning his heat over stablemate MR JACKMAN.


The last horse that requires special mention is HARRY HOTSPUR who was for mine, the best of the males and second only to Sugar Rush in the 11 heats.

A $50,000 Classic Yearling purchase by Kim Waugh, this uber-flashy son of Mossman has sustained pace and speed and the most brilliant galloping action you would see.

He is eligible for a host of rich Inglis bonus races and you can bet your bottom dollar, that’s exactly what Waugh will be aiming him for.