The carnival really heats up this weekend with two Group 1 races, the Blue Diamond Stakes for two year old colts and fillies and the Oakleigh Plate, another sprint.
The races are to be televised this week on free to air TV, so I won’t have to squander bandwidth watching the races on my computer, as I have been doing since the start of the carnival. Apache Cat won in spectacular fashion last week. He was trapped behind other horses approaching the straight and was lacking a clear run. His jockey guided him to the outside and he exploded, overtaking the leaders in the last 200 metres, and sailing past them to score by a length. It was the performance of a champion. He has a growing fan base and has always been very popular with race goers due to his unusual looks and honest performances.
This week sees the return of Weekend Hussler, the star colt of spring, and Mentality who hasn’t raced since last autumn, being trapped in Sydney last spring by the EI virus restrictions.
It is hard to pick a winner in two year old races so I have no idea who will be the winner of the Blue Diamond. All the runners have the potential and a filly is as likely to win as a colt. Two of my top 30 stable are competing – Exceedingly Good & Burgeis - so in terms of the competition I hope these two fill some places.
Sydney racing also has a few interesting contests with horses not seen since autumn last year resume – Racing to Win, Paratroopers and Bentley Biscuit to name a few. So it should be a good day of racing this Saturday.