Friday, September 11, 2009

Spring Racing Season 2009 – Week Seven

Jolie's Shinju
I haven’t had much time to study the form this week, so will only mention one race, the Group 2 Dato Tan Chin Nam Stakes (1600 metres) which is scheduled to run at Moonee Valley tomorrow. It has always been a fascinating race, and is regarded as a mini Cox Plate. Last year it was won by Guillotine, the year before El Segundo and Haradasun fought out the finish with El Segundo winning by a whisker.

This year is likely to be just as exciting. It has an excellent field that includes Mic Mac having his first run over a mile, Whobegotyou, the seemingly eternal bridesmaid, gunning for his first win in over a year, El Segundo on his favourite course, and the highly regarded Singapore mare Jolie’s Shinju, on the Cox Plate trail, having her first start in Australia. Should be a great race and I’m tempted to go to the course. After all, tomorrow’s meeting, even though the Manikato Stakes has been moved to another date, is generally the Saturday when I make my annual pilgrimage to the races. A warm day is forecast, so it would be an excellent opportunity to take photos of several star racehorses in a relatively uncrowded environment.

Last week my super stable did very well. Typhoon Tracy, though pipped at the post by Vigor, showed grit and determination in fighting it out and will surely win a race soon.

Black Caviar, despite stumbling at the start, proved she could beat the boys, though it may have been to her detriment as she is reported to have pulled a tendon in her chest, so may be out for the rest of the spring.

In Sydney Lonhro’s status as a sire of potential champions was raised by the win of O’Lonhro in the Chelmsford Stakes, and that of Serenissima in a listed race for three year old fillies.

1 comment:

res said...

Hi Ann,
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