|Winx in full flight after winning the George Ryder Stakes|
I’m also discouraged by having to use the clunky Blogger editor for composing posts since Open Live Writer, the nifty software I’ve been using to create blog posts, has not been updated to cope with Google’s new photo application. I can post text from Open Live Writer but not images. I’ve been using Open Live Writer and its predecessor Windows Live Writer since 2006 and it has simply been the best WYSIWYG blog editor around.
Anyway on to Sydney…
There were no transport issues this time, planes leaving pretty much on time, and trains easy to catch from Central Station and running limited express to Rosehill Racecourse and back again.
As I’d arrived on Friday evening I was up early and after breakfasting, I headed out to Rosehill and got there before the first race, so I had time to look around Rosehill in more detail. Looking at the Rosehill racecourse map, I was curious about a building called the Grand Pavilion situated next to the Members Stand beyond the winning post that appeared to have a grassed area in front of it.
So heading off that way I came across the Golden Slipper Trophy…
|Golden Slipper Trophy|
It wasn’t a bad spot for taking photographs, as for every race all the horses passed by on their way to the starting gates, and returned to scale the same way after the race. The light was excellent.
The early part of the day was hot, humid and sunny, though it grew overcast later in the day, affording some relief from the sun. The track was a heavy 8 even so.
I tested photography conditions in the first race of the day, the Birthday Card Stakes, a race for fillies and mares over 1200 metres. New Zealand filly Avantage, beat Resin and Star Reflection.
|Avantage returns to scale|
Melbourne filly Krone was victorious in race 2, the Darby Munro Stakes. She defeated Wild Planet and race favourite, Classique Legend.
|Krone returns to scale|
|Wild Planet returns to scale|
|Classique Legend returns to scale|
|Winx fans surround her stall waiting for her arrival|
The race meeting was practically a sell out and the grandstands were packed to the rafters.
The Lloyd Williams stayer, British import Midterm won from Big Duke and Shraaoh.
|Midterm returns to scale|
|Big Duke returns to scale|
|Shraaoh returns to scale|
As the next race was the Rosehill Guineas (2000 metres), starring The Autumn Sun, I had an excellent view of the start.
|Rosehill Guineas start|
|The Autumn Sun & Arrogant still head to head past the finish line|
|The Autumn Sun returns to scale|
|Arrogant returns to scale|
|Chapada returns to scale|
|Winx in the mounting yard|
|Winx on her way to the starting gates|
|Winx returns to scale|
|Winx heading back to scale - iPhones at my end of the track|
In the Group 1 Ranvet Stakes, Avilius returned to form registering a two length win over He’s Eminent and New Zealand mare Danzdanzdance.
|Ranvet Stakes finish|
|Avilius returns to scale|
|He's Eminent returning to scale|
|Danzdanzdance heading back to scale|
The feature race of the day was of course the Golden Slipper Stakes and it was next on the program.
The royal blue silks of Godolphin were prominent in the Golden Slipper finish, with Kiamichi, Microphone and Lyre running the trifecta with Bart’s grandson James Cummings training the first two.
|Golden Slipper finish just past the post|
|Kiamichi returning to scale|
|Microphone returns to scale|
|Lyre returns to scale|
This was the Galaxy and Nature Strip started as favourite. He led for most of the race and looked to have it won as he approached finish line, until challenged by a flying Pierata. It looked like a dead heat between Nature Strip and Pierata, with Nature Strip in the end being declared the winner.
|Nature Strip leaves the mounting yard for the track|
|James McDonald celebrates Nature Strip's narrow victory in the Galaxy|
|James McDonald commiserates with Tommy Berry on Pierata|
On Friday night I watched the running of the Group 1 Willaim Reid Stakes on my iPad and was delighted by Sunlight’s commanding win, where she led from the start to the finish to beat a fast finishing Spright and Ellicazoom by three quarters of a length.