This coming Saturday has a sizzling program of five Group 1 races and a lot of my favourite horses will be competing. It will be televised on Free to Air television, so no doubt I’ll be spending Saturday in front of the TV.
Apache Cat is aiming for Group 1 glory in the Ryder Stakes. He’s been going very well this season having easily won three times in a row. He has a top jockey on board so should put on a great show. Competing against him is a top-notch bunch of three-year-old colts including my other favourite Haradasun. Haradasun had a setback with foot problems, but apparently all that is now fixed. It should be a great race.
Also on the cards is the premier two-year-old event, the Golden Slipper. It’s a damned hard race in which to pick the winner. Miss Finland won it last year, but this year there are no real standouts, though the bulk of the field has promise. If Murtajill, the current favourite, is not injured, as is speculated by the media, he appears to be the one to beat.
Miss Finland, Melbourne’s top filly, will be competing against Sydney’s top filly, Tuesday Joy, in the Arrowfield Stud Stakes – another race not to be missed.
And then there’s the BMW, a 2400 metre race with the grand Sydney horse Desert War contending against a field of good stayers.
All in all, it will be an exciting day of racing. I probably won’t place a bet, though then again, just out of sentiment, I might put a small wager on Haradasun, as his odds are sure to be good. He has a remarkable turn of foot at his best and could well take out the race.
Tonight I’m off to see Fred Eaglesmith. I’ll report back on that tomorrow with pictures.