Bigger goals on Pornichet’s horizon

Gai Waterhouse is already dreaming of much bigger victories for Pornichet than the Mack Tow Sandown Stakes (1500m), which he won impressively on Saturday at Sportingbet Park Sandown.

The French import underlined his class with a dominant performance in the $150,000 Group 3 event.

It was just the second start in Australia for the four-year-old son of Vespone, who Waterhouse said has showed similar traits to last year’s Melbourne Cup winner Fiorente.

“He gets his ears back like another horse I know very well,” Waterhouse said in reference to Fiorente.

“He wants to overrace early and then he got into his rhythm, took a second or two to pick up and then he really was full of vengeance right to the line.

“He excites me enormously.”

Pornichet was positively ridden early by James McDonald and found a good spot and although he overraced in the middle stages, he still cruised into the race rounding the home bend.

The $2.15 favourite took control of the event midway down the long Sportingbet Park straight and found enough to defeat General Groove ($15) by 1-1/4 lengths with leader Spacecraft ($26) battling away in third, three-quarters of a length back.

McDonald, who edged one point clear of Damian Lane in the Young Gun section of the Spring Racing Premierships with the victory, was taken by the performance.

“He just idled a little bit, but as soon as I gave him one to the left and one to the right he accelerated really well and I think if the race went on for another furlong he still would have hung on.”

Waterhouse said Pornichet would now head to the spelling paddock and while she did not have a specific autumn goal in mind, his campaign would be geared around being in Melbourne for the 2015 Spring Racing Carnival.