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Gai enjoying her ride with Valediction
12 May 2016 | By

A Cambridge nursery continues to be an integral part of a top Sydney trainer's success in a new role.

Windsor Park Stud co-bred and part-owns Valediction​, who provided Gai Waterhouse with her first success at the Warrnambool carnival when he coasted clear to win the Brierly Steeplechase last week.

"Gai got a huge thrill out of that and she also won her first jumping race as a trainer when this horse won a hurdle race," Windsor Park's Nelson Schick said.

Passed in at Karaka in 2009, the half-brother by Zabeel to stud resident Falkirk began his career with Cambridge trainer Jakki Good and placed in four of his seven starts before crossing the Tasman.

Valediction has now won four flat races for Waterhouse, a hurdle and three steeplechases.

"He was a step away from being a Group horse," Schick said. "I've always loved the jumpers and we had Fox Hunt, who won a Grand National and the Wellington Steeplechase.

"This horse has always had the ability, but he's been a bit immature. He was pretty impressive in the Brierly and jumped faultlessly."

Valediction's win continued Windsor Park's run of Australian success with the farm enjoying a 50 per cent interest in Street Cry's in-form son Rageese.

A winner last season and runner-up in the Group I ATC Sires Produces Stakes when trained by John, Michael and Wayne Hawkes, Rageese was successful in his first appearance from Darren Weir's stable last month and at the weekend added the Listed Nitschke Stakes to his record.

"As their record shows the Hawkeses are great trainers, but sometimes a change of environment can really help a colt," Schick said.

"He's a really good type and he'll go to Brisbane for the Fred Best and the Stradbroke."