Almanac Racing: Soggy Sydney
Congratulations to Rosehill for managing to host last weekend’s Slipper Day despite the appalling conditions. The track raced relatively truly and safely and those who made the trek were rewarded by Winx’s astonishing win in the George Ryder (“she’s just a wet tracker!”).
Alas, the venue’s faced with another week of anxiety monitoring the weather with a Heavy10 already posted (Wednesday) and more rain forecast. Those who profess to know such info are confident that the western suburbs’ venue holds water far better than the “showpiece Royal” Randwick – but, by any standards, this month’s been a doozy in Soggy Sydney.
It’s the old Tancred Day and the feature (nowadays the BMW; SR6, 2400m, WFA, G1) has attracted a pretty strong field – as you’d hope with a $1.5m booty. Four genuine chances – 1,6,7,8 and the 9 is always overs. Fascinating. On an absolute bog, the toppy seems, as the trainer has described, “a duck”.
There’s Group racing throughout most of the card but I’ll await the trackman’s call before delving further.
Melbourne’s sporting landscape gets avalanched by footy from this weekend so you’d be hard pressed to know that Moonee Valley hosts a Group One race on a Friday night promising good racing and rich rewards (much like the F1 GP which, unless you lived in that ‘burb, you’d not know was on!). The William Reid Stakes (MR7, 1200m, WFA, G1) is time-honoured but almost invisible. A fascinating race. I’ve declared myself a Star Turn fan but I can’t afford to butter up again. Will cheer with my hands in my pockets. Throw the 4 in exotics.
I Am A Star leads the betting in the other main race, the Sunline (MR6, 1600m, F+M, WFA). Need to know if the 2 decides to run here or at Rosehill before making a commitment. Fascinated to see Patrick Holmes getting a ride in a G2 (No9).
The Melbourne metro meeting on Saturday is down at Mornington. It’s a terrific track. It is, as they say, tempo related! Like at MV, there’s a good run down the side and then a scamper for home. If they dawdle, B.Gath would sit up and win! If the pressure goes on at the 3 furlongs you can get over them. Good fields and the MRC have really promoted this Cup as a pathway to the Caulfield Cup. Charlie Appleby’s training performance last Spring was extraordinary and his entry here, The Gold Trail, has the form to win (MR7, No3). Skinny in early quotes. Would rather E/W 2 @12/1.
The forecast is good for the bayside on Saturday so hopefully there’ll be a few customers at one of my favourite tracks.
Any tips welcomed. Good luck!