Several Australian horses will be contending at Ascot in the UK today (tonight for us), so all of us racing fans in Oz are crossing our fingers and wishing them luck.
Former Australian champion galloper, Haradasun will be competing in the Queen Anne Stakes a 1600 metre race, while grand old trooper Takeover Target, and Magnus, will take on the world in the 1000 metres Kings Stand Stakes. Takeover Target won this race in 2006 and Australian mare, Miss Andretti won it last year in fine fashion.
New Zealand mare Seachange has been kicking her heels in the UK for some months after a brave effort in Dubai and is scheduled to race in the Golden Jubilee Stakes next Saturday, a race Takeover Target is set to run as well.
It represents a spot of excitement during the lull occasioned by the hiatus between the autumn and spring racing seasons here in the southern hemisphere.
I can hardly wait for the spring racing season to begin and get back into the tipping competitions on Racing & Sports and following the progress of my current favourites.
UPDATE 18 June
Haradasun won the Queen Anne Stakes - wooee! I had a modest bet on him for old times sake so I'm pleased on that score as well.
Apparently he'll now be retired and return to Australia for stud duties. He's in high demand as a sire as he has no Danehill bloodlines in his breeding. Danehill lines have been dominant in Australia for years, so Haradasun will be perfect for Danehill mares and will provide a new bloodline for the future. I look forward to seeing how his progeny go a few years from now.
Takeover Target came a close second in the King's Stand and will be running again on Saturday in the Golden Jubilee Stakes.