Sunday, February 22, 2009

Autumn Racing Carnival 2009 – Week 4

I didn’t have time to do my usual preview as I was bogged down with work, so it’ll have to be a review this week.

Yesterday saw the running of two Group One races, the Blue Diamond Stakes for 2 year olds , and the Oakleigh Plate a time honoured sprint over 1100 metres.

The Plate was won by Queensland horse Swiss Ace, much to everyone’s surprise, who beat Lucky Secret. Reward For Effort won the Blue Diamond easily. After his second to Real Saga at his last start, he lost favouritism for the Blue Diamond, but was obviously capable of winning. Real Saga came second on this occasion. I had my money on the previously unbeaten filly, Rostova, but she failed to get a place, and appeared not to have her usual zip in the finish.

Theseo, a Gai Waterhouse trained gelding, won the St George Stakes in spectacular fashion and is the obvious favourite for the Australian Cup now that Maldivian has been sidelined by injury.

In Sydney, Tuesday Joy proved she was back to her best with a stylish win in the Winning Edge Presentations Classic, and in Adelaide, Augusta Proud, who I have been following for a couple of years, was beaten by a nose in a tightly contested finish with Cardinal Virtue.

Other horses to watch are Dameselfly (a pretty name) daughter of former champion mare La Bella Dame x Flying Spur, continued her winning ways, being unbeaten in four starts.

And Coubertin, the little brother of Haradasun & Elvstroem won against the older horses in Sale on Friday, indicating that he might have some ability to match his brothers exploits.

Next Saturday sees the return of Weekend Hussler in the Futurity Stakes. He really needs to redeem himself, so here’s wishing for a victory for him next weekend.

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