As usual it seems hardly any time has passed since the end of the Spring racing carnival than the 2009 Autumn carnival is upon us. Well, not really straightaway, but it’s getting close.
The first group one race of the season, the Lightning Stakes, a sprint over 1000 metres, is only a little over a week away and will star Weekend Hussler vs Apache Cat.
But before then, some of my favourite Aussie racehorses will be resuming in the next few weeks, Light Fantastic and El Segundo, both returning from injury forced spells, are scheduled to run in the Group 2 Carlyon Stakes tomorrow evening at Moonee Valley.
And of course there are all the emerging two year olds who will be vying for inclusion in the Golden Slipper the richest two year old race in the world.
So far a few have caught the eye. There’s Phelan Ready who won the Magic Millions 2yo Classic a couple of weeks back and the Gai Waterhouse trained filly, More Joyous who is currently favourite for the Slipper after a stunning win in her debut race at Rosehill last Saturday. Gai has a good record in the Slipper, so it’s quite probable that one of her youngsters will win or at least place in the race.
As well as the new generation two year olds there are some very smart three year old colts and fillies that will be back shortly. I’m eagerly anticipating the return of Sebring, Samantha Miss, Time Thief, Whobegotyou, Northern Meteor to name a few. And let’s not forget the older generation. Tuesday Joy, Viewed, Mentality, Forensics, Zarita. are a few that spring to mind.
So bring it on!
In music news – Rodney Crowell is to tour in April. I don’t know if he’s ever toured here before, but he will be very worth seeing. He’s an excellent songwriter with an idiosyncratic style. He was a long time member of Emmylou Harris’ band and also was once married to Johnny Cash’s daughter Roseanne, herself a stunning singer/songwriter.
There goes the budget again!
RODNEY CROWELL AUSTRALIAN TOUR
Tickets on sale January 30th through Ticketek
Fri Apr 10 / Sat Apr 11 - Byron Bay, East Coast Blues & Roots Festival
Sun Apr 12 / Mon Apr 13 - Canberra, National Folk Festival
Wed Apr 15 - Sydney, The Factory
Thu Apr 16 - St Kilda, The Prince
Fri Apr 17 - Kyneton, Harmony Row Winery
Sat Apr 18 - Fremantle, West Coast Blues & Roots Festival