Friday, May 22, 2009

The Racing Scene

Apologies to all who wait with bated breath for my posts on horse racing. I haven’t written anything on the subject for over a month, despite the fact that there have been many interesting races during that time. There were too many distractions at work for me to consider the form in any serious way after the Golden Slipper meeting in early April, so I merely watched and didn’t comment on the rest of the Sydney Racing Carnival.

Over the past few weeks the racing action has switched to the Queensland winter carnival and tomorrow has the feature Group One sprint, the Doomben 10,000 over 1350 metres. It has been very wet in Southern Queensland this past week with the worst storms for over thirty years creating a disaster zone in certain parts of the state, so tomorrow’s track at Doomben will be rated heavy going.

Apache Cat, who ran a close third to Duporth and Bank Robber in in the BTC Cup a couple of weeks ago, will be in his element on a heavy track. He will be out to redeem his reputation by winning the Doomben 10,000 in as fine a style as he won it last year. There is a top field of sprinters opposing him, including the WA horse Marasco, the New Zealander Sir Slick, Bank Robbber and Duporth, wet track specialist Jungle Ruler, and my other old favourite Light Fantastic, though I don’t think he handles the wet very well. It should be an excellent race, but my heart will be with the Cat.

The Spring Racing Carnival is not that far off – the build up starts in early August. Can’t wait!

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