Thursday, August 27, 2009

Spring Racing Season 2009 – Week Five

The first Group One of the season will be run at Rosehill on Saturday – the Golden Rose Stakes, is a race for three year olds, over 1400 metres. It has attracted a top field of colts and fillies. Denman, the hot favourite, Slipper winner Phelan Ready, the filly Headway, and last week’s giant killer Trusting appear to be the main chances.

Trusting, to elaborate, beat a quality field in the Warwick Stakes last Saturday. Of course he had a weight advantage, but he did win in dashing style. O’Lonhro finished second with Mr Baritone filling third place. Racing To Win was badly blocked for a run, failing to get clear in time to challenge the leaders, so had to settle for fourth placing.

At Moonee Valley it was gratifying to see Black Caviar live up to her hype with an easy win in the Arrow Training Services Plate. Another pleasing result was the run of Rebel Raider in the Penny Edition Stakes where he flew into third place in a race that really is not his pet distance. More Joyous was scratched from the Silver Shadow Stakes which was won by another of Lonhro’s smart progeny, filly Deer Valley. More Joyous is now scheduled to run this weekend at Rosehill in the listed Sheraco Stakes.

As well as the Golden Rose, Saturday also offers the excitement of the Group 2 Memsie Stakes at Caulfield over 1400 metres. It has a super field of competitors. Mic Mac (the only representative of my super stable racing on Saturday) will be up against some of the best racehorses in the land, with the likes of Whobegotyou, El Segundo, and Melbourne Cup winners, Viewed, and Efficient, all entered. It should be an excellent race and I’ll be barracking for Mic Mac, though I will also be very interested in the rest of the field, mindful of the Group One races coming up in the near future.


andrew said...

I like trusting here, his last race was great and should do well again today

Anne S said...

Having been a great admirer of Denman's sire Lonhro, I'm hoping his son can give him a Group 1 winner. Trusting certainly is a major threat.