Almanac Racing: The pimple that is the Cup
The upside, I suppose, is that punters have no unreal expectations of great quality when they open the formguide for meetings this weekend (unless they’ve consulted the Winning Post calendar which is notoriously inaccurate).
We’re in limbo.
Randwick hosts a crap meeting with the massive $2m pimple of a Sydney Cup re-run as the obvious focus.
Other states have race names promoting upcoming features.
In fairness, there is blacktype on offer at Morphettville as the SAJC continues to baffle me by its fixturing.
Their final three race are notable. The R.N.Irwin (AR6, 1100m, WFA, G3) is a fading “time-honoured”. The Auraria (AR7, 1800m, 3yoF, SWP, G3) is an obvious Oaks prelude. The Redelva (AR8, 1100m, 3yo, SWP, Listed) will excite Budge’s fading memory…but incite questions of why the old warrior is memorialised in a 3yo race?!
I’ll be at Caulfield. The prizemoney on offer there is extraordinary on their VOBIS Gold day (about $1.6m over the last 7 races). At least we can be confident they’ll be trying. Keen to get involved but nothing’s jumped off the page tonight (Wednesday).
Happy to bet but cautiously saving my bullets for the ‘Bool – only a fortnight away.
Let me know if you can help me build a bank for the marathon.