Cafe Society Primed for 2016 Warrnambool Cup

May 4th, 2016

Trainer Gai Waterhouse is confident talented import Café Society is the horse to beat in Thursday’s featured 2016 Warrnambool Cup (2350m).

Gai Waterhouse is bullish of Cafe Society's chances in Thursday's 2016 Warrnambool Cup. Photo: Daniel Costello

Gai Waterhouse is bullish of Cafe Society’s chances in Thursday’s 2016 Warrnambool Cup. Photo: Daniel Costello

Café Society has been a strong and consistent performer through his entire racing career to date; posting a commendable three race wins and a further eight minors through twenty-one competitive appearances in the UK and Australia.

Waterhouse has been thrilled with the results posted by the Motivator gelding this time, including a close third in the Group 2 Chairman’s Handicap (2600m) on Day 1 of The Championships and is confident the horse will relish a step-back in class and distance from his most recent run in the Group 1 Sydney Cup (3200m).

“When he ran third in the Chairman’s he was beaten a nostril and a neck,” Waterhouse told Racing Ahead.

“I think he’ll win the race tomorrow, I think he’s the best bet of the day – he’s going terrific and has Oliver in the saddle.

“I never worry too much about tracks because any horse that has come from England, Ireland, France or Germany are used to wet tracks – the tracks are bottomless that they race on.

“It’s as though they’re back in their home field.”

Café Society began his racing career under the guidance of British trainer David Simcock in 2012, and posted a number of impressive results through several strong preparations.

Beating a classy field to the line in the Trainer Specials Handicap (2336m) before running a credible third in the Listed Wolferton Handicap (2012m) in 2014, the gelding out of Mishina ended his British tenure a credible seventh in the talent-rich Group 3 Geoffrey Freer Stakes in August.

While unable to make much of an impact through his first Australian season, Café Society took a couple of runs to find form this time, but placed second in the Group 3 NE Manion Cup (2400m) and third in the Chairman’s Handicap leading into a luckless run for eighth in the Sydney Cup. is currently offering the best 2016 Warrnambool Cup odds, for which Café Society can be taken at a quote of $13 for success.