GAI WATERHOUSE and stable jockey Nash Rawiller emerged from a Supreme Court battle on Thursday to claim the AJC Australian Oaks at Randwick yesterday.”Nash rode it a treat, it is beautiful to watch,” Waterhouse said as Rawiller brought Once Were Wild back to the winner’s stall. ”We’ve never had any disagreements; Nash is very good to work with.”Waterhouse had tried to secure Rawiller for stable star Theseo in the Doncaster Mile yesterday but, luckily for him, the court ruled he had to stick with Rangirangdoo.”I take it with a grain of salt,” Rawiller said of the Supreme Court appearance. ”I appreciated what Gai did, she pays the bills.”Rawiller was once again seen at his supreme best aboard Once Were Wild, which is owned by John Singleton and couple of mates.After surging forward early, Rawiller eased to take a sit when Slapstick charged to the front but Waterhouse’s rider put the foot down at the 600 metres.”I thought Nash was going a bit slow and it was going to suit the other horses,” Waterhouse said. ”But he is too good, he knows his job.”The mid-race move, when allowing Slapstick to hit the front, proved vital for Rawiller. ”I was able to let her go and it worked out perfectly,” he said. ”I was then able to get out and get going when I wanted to.”Once Were Wild careered away from rivals, with the only serious chaser the Bart Cummings-trained VRC Oaks winner Faint Perfume, an easing $2.30 favourite.Faint Perfume had collected a second group 1 in the Vinery Stud Stakes last start in which Rawiller led on Once Were Wild before finishing fifth. ”I think I we outsmarted ourselves last start,” Rawiller said. ”I was trying to make it into a true staying test but I rode my own race today.”She was always going to be very competitive out to this trip. She is the type of horse that can get rolling and she was very strong on the line.”Faint Perfume came in some 3½ lengths behind Once Were Wild after settling second-last.”It was a good run and I would have liked to have been closer,” Faint Perfume’s jockey Michael Rodd said. ”But that is how she races, settles back and gets home. The winner was just too good.”In the VRC Oaks and Vinery Stud Stakes, Faint Perfume had accounted for Victorian filly Valdemoro, which was sent out second favourite yesterday at $3.60.Valdemoro left supporters stunned when settling at the rear for jockey Blake Shinn before coming in a plodding eighth. ”Very disappointing,” Shinn said. ”She was just very one-paced in the straight.”But all honours were with the winner and Waterhouse had no doubt a big future awaits Once Were Wild.”You don’t know how good she is,” Waterhouse said about the winner of six from eight.”You don’t know if she is going to be a cups horse. It is her first preparation. Not bad to win a group 1 at your first preparation.”
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