Sunday, March 22, 2009

Typhoon Tracy – new superstar of the turf?


Typhoon Tracy’s win yesterday in the Coolmore Classic at Rosehill certainly has added sparkle to the autumn racing carnival. It was a sensational win, considering that Typhoon Tracy, having her first run in Sydney, lost momentum at the corner, yet managed to recover and surge away from Culminate to win by a fair margin. Interestingly enough Culminate is trained by Stephen McKee a name synonymous with the career of Sunline. Only really exceptional horses can win like Tracy won yesterday. She now has five wins straight and remains unbeaten. To match Sunline, she’ll have to win eight in a row. She’s more than halfway there already.

Still, to save myself disappointment, I won’t hype her too much. Look at what happened last autumn, when Light Fantastic and Weekend Hussler caught the eye with outstanding performances, yet failed dismally in the spring.

There were other eye catching performers yesterday, in particular Real Saga and More Joyous in the Todman and Reisling Stakes respectively. Also All Silent’s win in the Canterbury Stakes was excellent as was Forensics effort running second.

Theseo proved what a tough horse he is by taking out the Ranvet Stakes. Even so Bart Cummings two runners, Viewed and Moatize, put in good runs, filling second and third in the same race.

Heart of Dreams proved his class by beating Whobegotyou in the Pharlap Stakes, though there were excuses for Whobe who was badly held up by a disturbance involving Emperor Bonaparte who appeared to break down and dropped out of the race.

So it was an excellent day’s racing as expected. I’m really looking forward to Typhoon Tracy’s next run and the Golden Slipper is shaping up to be a great race with such talented youngsters as More Joyous and Real Saga now being fully qualified.


Valerie said...

I'm torn between Tuesday Joy (who I absolutely love) and Niconero in the Dubai Duty Free on Saturday. It's possible, with the heavy rains they've had there this week, that the turf will be soft so I'm thinking Tuesday Joy's the better bet. What do you think?

(I'm just praying she doesn't bleed again)

Anne S said...


I had the pleasure of seeing her race at Moonee Valley last spring and she was the class horse of the day.

I really hope she wins in Dubai. She's my pick of the Aussie horses as well, though I'm developing a fondness for old Niconero, whose recent wins have been remarkable.
I do think his wins were down to the skill of his jockey Craig Williams, so if he is riding the old boy he has a chance.

But Tuesday Joy is all class and if she is up to her best she may well win. Also it would be tragic if she bled again, so cross fingers it doesn't happen.