Friday, August 21, 2009

Spring Racing Season – Week Four

Black Caviar

Last Saturday’s results were slightly disappointing as far as my spring stable was concerned, though Typhoon Tracy did put in a very good performance in the Liston Stakes gaining third place in what was a top quality field. Her jockey admitted he made a move too early, and was overrun by the combined force of Predatory Pricer and Whobegotyou who fought out the finish. Tracy was only ¾ of a length behind Whobe who was beaten a nose by Predatory Pricer into second place. Heart of Dreams was held up by Gallica and ran fourth.

Former star performer, Mentality, showed a surprising return to form by dead heating for first with Kroner in the Premiere Stakes in Sydney with Phelan Ready filling third placing.

Denman, a son of Lonhro, who really looks like his father, appears to have his ability as well. He won his fourth race in succession on Saturday in the Run to Rose Stakes. Now hot favourite for the first Group One race of the season, the Golden Rose Stakes, he’s certainly one to watch out for this spring and may prove to be a superstar like his father before him.

The Group 2 Warwick Stakes at Randwick this coming Saturday is the feature race for the day. It sees the return of Group winners Vision and Power, Mr Baritone, Racing to Win, and Court Command, returned from stud duties. It also has O’Lonhro, another highly regarded son of Lonhro. It is sure to be an interesting competition. Metal Bender was one of the nominations but apparently he has a bruised heel and will now start his spring campaign in a fortnight.

More Joyous starts her spring campaign in the Group 3 Silver Shadow Stakes. She’s up against smart fillies Melito, Sunday Rose and Our Joan of Arc, but will most probably show them a clean pair of heels.

In Melbourne (Moonee Valley) all eyes will be on hyped filly Black Caviar in the Listed Arrow Training Services Plate. In her only two starts, she has won by five to six lengths on each occasion, so a lot is expected of her. It’s a small field and her main dangers are Maka Ena and Noesis, also an impressive winner at her first start, though she failed to gain a place last week in the Quezette Stakes.

And in Adelaide one of the main fancies for the Melbourne Cup, Rebel Raider will be launching his spring campaign in the Listed Penny Edition Stakes over 1400 metres, with Claire Lindop on board as usual.

With Metal Bender’s non acceptance for the Warwick Stakes, Black Caviar is the sole representative of my super stable running on Saturday, so here’s hoping she wins.

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